Ryedale District Council


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Housing benefit overpayments

We have a duty to recover overpayments of benefit for which there was no entitlement from tenants and landlords and, where necessary, take criminal proceedings in respect of fraudulent overpayments.


We will write and tell you when this happens. We will tell you;

  • What caused the overpayment
  • The dates of the overpayment
  • The amount of the overpayment
  • What to do if you disagree with the overpayment

If we are going to ask you to pay back the overpayment, we will contact you again to tell you how this will be done. If you do not agree that you have received an overpayment, you may want to appeal against the decision.


  • If you are still getting Housing Benefit, your benefit may be reduced each week to recover the overpayment
  • If you no longer qualify for benefit then an invoice will be sent to you
  • If your landlord was paid your benefit, we may ask the landlord to repay the overpayment in certain circumstances
  • If your circumstances change, don't forget to let us know as soon as possible

It is very important that you tell us of any change in circumstances (online form) to avoid an overpayment of benefit.

If you need further advice, please submit an Enquiry Form.



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

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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