How we recover overpaid Housing Benefit you owe
If you've been paid too much Housing Benefit, we'll reduce the weekly payments from your current claim until you've paid the money back
How much Housing Benefit you'll pay back
We'll let you know that we're reducing your Housing Benefit by writing to you.
The amount taken from your Housing Benefit is:
- £11.55 per week for most overpayments
- £19.25 per week for overpayments caused by fraud
- an additional amount between £2.50 and £12.50 per week, if you have any income
The maximum amount you'll pay back each week is £31.00.
If you want to pay back your overpayment faster, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to pay back more each week.
Paying your landlord
While your Housing Benefit is reduced you will still need to pay your full rent to your landlord, even if we pay your benefit straight to them.
If you're struggling to pay your landlord, email us at HBRecovery@brighton-hove.gov.uk to ask to pay back less each week by setting up a payment plan.
Paying an overpayment in one go
If you'd rather pay all at once, you can ask us to send you a bill instead by emailing HBRecovery@brighton-hove.gov.uk.