Who is eligible
You don't have to claim an Extended Payment of Housing Benefit/Rate Relief if you or your partner or civil partner (and they stay being a partner throughout the claim) have stopped getting one of the benefits mentioned below because one of you is expected to do one of the following for five weeks or more:
- return to work full-time
- work more hours
- earn more money
and you’ve been getting one of the following
- Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support or income-related Employment and Support Allowance or a combination of these benefits continuously for at least 26 weeks
- Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance continuously for 26 weeks
If you are a tenant, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive will decide if you can get an Extended Payment of Housing Benefit/Rate Relief after checking how long you have been getting the benefits mentioned above.
If you are an owner/occupier, Land and Property Services will decide if you can get an Extended Payment of Housing Benefit/Rate Relief after checking how long you have been getting the benefits mentioned above.
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
How much you will get
Normally you'll get the same amount of Housing Benefit/Rate Relief as you did before.
How it's paid
It is paid in the same way as your Housing Benefit/Rate Relief.
What else you need to know
If you are going back to work and are a tenant, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive will also decide if you can get in-work Housing Benefit/Rate Relief.
How to appeal
If you are refused Housing Benefit/RateRelief, the Extended Payment or in-work Housing Benefit/Rate Relief you can ask the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (if you are a tenant) or Land and Property Services (if you are an owner/occupier) to look again at the decision.
If you’re still unhappy with the outcome, you can appeal to The Appeals Service.