What if I don’t make an arrangement to pay?
An overpayment is housing benefit that has been paid to you or a third party on your behalf to which you were not entitled.
Overpayments happen when you have a change in your circumstances from a date you have already received payment for.
Not repaying your overpayment may result in one of the following methods:
- deductions from other benefits
We can also apply to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to make deductions from some state benefits.
- Direct Earnings Attachments (DEA)
We may ask employers to deduct any Housing Benefit overpayments you owe from your pay.
- debt collection agency
We may ask a debt collector to visit your home to collect the debt on our behalf.
- County Court Judgement (CCJ)
A CCJ can affect your credit rating and you could be liable for any costs incurred.
If you think that you will have trouble paying, please contact us straight away.