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18. Can I have any other help with my rent or Council Tax?

If you are already receiving Housing Benefit, Universal Credit Housing Costs and/or Council Tax Support and have a shortfall in your rent and/or Council Tax, you may be eligible for additional help from our Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) or Exceptional Hardship fund (EHF).  The money comes from a cash limited fund so an award is normally only paid for a short period of time. This will not be considered if you have capital or savings in excess of £1000.

This fund is also available to help with a deposit or rent in advance if you are moving to a more affordable home.  Conditions apply.  For more information please call our Specialist Team on 01395 517459 or email benefits@eastdevon.gov.uk  

You can apply for a DHP and EHF using either of these forms.

If you are not in receipt of Housing Benefit and require help with a deposit or rent in advance to move to a more affordable home, please contact our Housing Options Team on 01395 571660.