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Can I get housing benefit on two homes?

We normally only pay housing benefit for the property that you live in as your home. However, in special circumstances, we can pay housing benefit for two homes.

We can pay housing benefit for two homes for up to four weeks when:

  • You have moved into your new home
    and
  • You could not reasonably have avoided paying rent on both properties (however, we would not normally pay in relation to unavoidable overlapping liability if the landlord is the same at both addresses)
    or
  • You cannot move in because you are waiting for disability adaptations to the new property; and
  • The delay in moving in is reasonable

We can pay housing benefit for two homes for up to 52 weeks when:

  • You have left your home through fear of violence
  • You plan to return to your home
  • You are responsible for paying the rent for both that home and where you are now living
    and
  • It is reasonable to pay the rent for both properties

We can also pay housing benefit for two homes for an indefinite period when:

  • We have had to house you in two separate properties because of the size of your family
    or
  • You are part of a couple and one or both or you are students (who qualify for housing benefit under the student rules)
    and
  • You cannot avoid living in two homes
    and
  • It is reasonable to pay rent for both properties

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