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Eligible rent is a housing benefit term for the rent that your landlord charges you minus any service charges that housing benefit cannot pay for, such as cooking or personal laundry. The housing benefit department will work out how much you can afford to pay towards the eligible rent before deciding how much housing benefit you should be entitled to. You can find out more about how housing benefit is calculated here.