Extended Payment of Housing Benefit / Rate Relief

When you go back to work, work more hours or earn more money, some of your benefits may stop. To help you pay rent you may get an extra four weeks of Housing benefit called Extended Payment of Housing benefit.

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 following benefits because one of you is expected to return to work full-time, work more hours or earn more money for at least five weeks:

If you are a tenant, the 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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