It is a condition of receiving Housing Benefit that you are actually living in the property for which you are claiming benefit. There are certain exceptions to this rule which means that some people can continue to claim Housing Benefit during periods of absence from the property.
It is possible to have these periods extended in certain special circumstances. Download the document below to find out how long you can be absent and still retain your Housing Benefit:
If you are unsure how your absence will be treated, please contact us for advice.
If it is clear that you will be away from your property for a length of time, please advise us before you leave. We need the following information:
You may also be asked to complete a new application form.
If anything changes during the absence you need to let us know immediately: