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Discretionary Housing Payment

If your Housing Benefit is less than your eligible rent, for whatever reason, you will have to make up the difference and pay it to your landlord. If you are struggling to meet the difference between the benefit you have been awarded and your full rent, you may be able to apply for Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).


The Discretionary Housing Fund is designed to provide short-term support for exceptional and unforeseen pressures that affect claimants ability to meet their rent liability, which may be a result of changes in the health or the financial position of members of the household. It is only a limited fund and once it has been used the council does not receive any more money until the next financial year, so there is no guarantee that you will be successful when making a claim.

The council's revised Discretionary Housing Payment Policy is available to download (PDF, 7 pages, 48kb) and provides details of the main features of the DHP scheme and how it's operated.

To be eligible to claim a DHP you must currently be in receipt of housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.

DHP’s can cover the costs of the following:

  • Shortfall in rent
  • Restrictions in Housing Benefit due to social sector size criteria
  • Restrictions in Housing Benefit due to the benefit cap
  • Rent in advance to move home
  • Help with removal costs

DHP is independent from housing benefit and any award is discretionary. You should not rely on this payment to meet a shortfall in your rent.

Please note you cannot get a DHP if your rent shortfall is due to a benefit overpayment or suspension.

Apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment

If you need more information, please email benefits.


Contact us

Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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