Can I have my Housing Benefit claim backdated?
If you were unable to make a claim at the correct time due to exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to backdate your Housing Benefit.
If you think that this applies to you:
- provide details of the date you wish to claim and the reason why you did not claim earlier
- you should provide evidence to support your claim
We will consider whether you have good cause for not claiming earlier. Housing Benefit back payments can be paid for a maximum of one month for working age people.
People who have reached the qualifying age for Pension Credit may have their claim treated as made earlier up to a maximum of 3 months without having to show good cause.