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Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)

Find out if you can get help to pay your full rent, a deposit or rent in advance.

This is financial support to help with rent or housing costs.

Who can get it

To apply, you need to already get either:

  • Housing Benefit;
  • or The Housing Element of Universal Credit and need more financial support with housing costs.

What it covers

Housing costs, which include those affected by:

  • The benefit cap.
  • Removal of the spare room subsidy (Bedroom Tax) in the social rented sector.
  • Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates.

You may also get it to cover housing costs for:

  • A rent shortfall.
  • Rent deposits.
  • Rent in advance if you need to move home.

What it does not cover

  • Council Tax - even if you get a Council Tax Reduction.

Apply

Please note: Due to the volume of applications, it can take up to 8 weeks to look at new requests.

Please complete this form:

Apply for Discretionary Housing Payments

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