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Help with paying housing costs

How we can help

If you are suffering financial hardship we offer a number of different types of extra help with rent, rent deposits and council tax. You must already be in receipt of housing benefit, the rent element of Universal Credit or council tax reduction to apply for extra help.

Your entitlement to extra help will be based on your circumstances and the council, based on your circumstances please check below how to apply for extra help.

Extra help with rent if you are receiving Universal Credit

If you are already receiving Universal Credit and you want to apply for extra help with your rent or if you need to put down a rent deposit or the landlord requires and advance rent payment, you can apply for help. Please complete the application for below. 

Apply for help with rent if on Universal Credit 

Extra help with your rent if you receive Housing benefit

If you are already receiving some housing benefits but you still need extra help with the rent you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). If there’s a shortfall in what you are receiving, this ‘top up’ payment can be considered on an individual basis based on your current circumstances; please email Housingbenefits@gedling.gov.uk requesting an application for a discretionary payment towards your on-going rent.

Help with a deposit or rent advance

If you need to put down a rent deposit or the landlord requires and advance rent payment and are currently in receipt of Housing Benefit, you can apply for help. Simply fill out the form below and provide information on your circumstances; please email Housingbenefits@gedling.gov.uk requesting an application for a discretionary payment towards a deposit or rent in advance.

Extra help with your council tax


You can also apply for extra help with your council tax. Again, you must already be receiving Council Tax reduction help and still have a shortfall to pay. You can apply for extra help based on your current financial circumstances and at the council’s discretion, please email Housingbenefits@gedling.gov.uk requesting an application for a discretionary payment towards your council tax.