Freedom of information response

Scheme to assist with the cost of renting a property

Publication date: 
Tuesday 26 November 2019
Request: 

1. Does your local authority have a scheme to assist people with the costs of renting a property, for example with a tenancy deposit?

2. Does the scheme provide:

a. cash

b. a loan

c. a guarantee or bond

3. What is the budget for the scheme for the financial year 2019/20?

4. What are the eligibility criteria for the scheme/who can apply?

5. How can people apply for help from the scheme? (If via the website, can you please provide the URL?)

Response: 

1. Discretionary Housing Payments are available and administered by the Benefits department.  Our current policy allows applications for help for Rent Deposits and moving costs.

2. Payments are either made by BACS to the customer or in some cases to the landlord.

3. The DHP fund for 2019/20 was £507,310, but this fund is not solely for the use on rent deposits or moving costs.  This fund is for all those who require discretionary help with meeting their rental ability – in addition to Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing Costs entitlement.

4. To receive discretionary Housing Payment the minimum requirement is that applicants are receiving Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing element.

5. Applications are made online via the following web link: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/discretionary-housing-payment/apply-for-discretionary-housing-payment.

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Request reference:
FOI 9548