Temporary absence from your home
Housing Benefit can normally only be paid when you are living at the address for which you are claiming. There are some exceptions which allow people to be absent from their home and still be entitled.
To qualify when you are away from home you must also:
intend to return to your home from the outset, and
you or your landlord must not sublet your home whilst you are absent
- are held on remand in prison
- are in a bail hostel or have been bailed to stay away from home
- are in hospital or receiving medical care
- have left your home through fear of violence
- at the Housing Benefit Department’s discretion, if you are abroad for a family funeral, you may be away for up to six weeks, or
- if you are in hospital or receiving medical care you may be absent for up to twenty-six weeks.
If your circumstances have changed please tell us by using our online change in circumstances form.