Housing Benefit

Can benefit be paid on two homes?

Housing Benefit can normally only be paid in respect of one property at any one time.

The following are the exceptions to this rule:

  • If you have left home through violence or fear of violence you may be able to claim benefit on your home and your temporary accommodation for a maximum period of 52 weeks or
  • Where you have moved into a new home other than a temporary home, if your liability to make payments on both homes is unavoidable you may be able to claim housing benefit on both for a maximum period of 4 weeks or
  • You may also be able to claim housing benefit for a maximum of 4 weeks on two homes if your new home requires adaptation to meet the needs of a disabled member of your family.

Rent payable prior to occupation

Housing benefit is not payable until you actually occupy a property - even if you are liable to pay rent.

However, in certain circumstances you can claim benefit for a maximum period of 4 weeks before you move in as follows:

  • If your move was delayed pending the outcome of a social fund application for a payment in connection with the move and your family includes a child aged 6 or less or your qualify for a disability or pensioner premium or
  • If you become liable to pay rent while you were an inpatient in hospital or in residential care or a nursing home

Please Note: These conditions only apply if you were not liable to make payments for any other accommodation

Housing Benefit form for two homes