ELHA Assistance Scheme
While this Scheme is still part of our services, all under occupancy deductions from Housing Benefit or Universal Credit are covered by the Discretionary Housing Payment from East Lothian Council.
We operate an Assistance Scheme to help tenants where there is a shortfall in benefits because they are under occupying a property (commonly known as the 'Bedroom Tax').
Under our allocation policy, we have different criteria for under occupancy. Anyone who is under occupying our property because of this policy is automatically accepted into the scheme if their claim for discretionary housing benefit fails.
We also allow exchange tenants to under occupy by one bedroom, as long as they agree that they will cover any shortfall in benefit.
ELHA Assistance Scheme - Under Occupancy
To apply for the under occupancy portion of the Assistance Scheme, please contact your Housing Officer to discuss your situation.