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Change of address - Housing Benefit

If you get Housing Benefit, this may be affected following a change of address or hospitalisation.

Permanent change of address

If you or your partner are tenants and are responsible for the payment of rent you may be entitled to Housing Benefit .

If you change address and you are in receipt of Income Support  / Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance you will need to obtain form HB1/F1 from their local Social Security or Jobs & Benefits office.

If it is your first claim for Housing Benefit, or the Northern Ireland Housing Executive/Rates Collection Agency has ended the benefit period on the claim for the previous address, the completed HB1/F1 should be returned to the local Social Security or Jobs & Benefits office who will forward it to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency.

As long as the Northern Ireland Housing Executive/Rates Collection Agency receives this form within one calendar month of the start of your tenancy they will be able to pay from the date you moved in.

If you are not receiving Income Support / Jobseeker's Allowance (Income based) you will need to apply direct to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency who have their own claim forms and will issue them on request.

If you were claiming Housing Benefit  / Housing Benefit Extended Payment; for your old accommodation you must tell the Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency about the move as soon as possible.

Temporary change of address

Medical

Hospital in-patients

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum of 52 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • the period of absence is likely to exceed 52 weeks, or in exceptional circumstances, if the absence is unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

For more information see Hospital Admission - Housing Benefit.

People undertaking a period of medically-approved treatment or convalescence in the UK or abroad

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 52 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • the period of absence is likely to exceed 52 weeks, or in exceptional circumstances, if the absence is unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

People absent from home for medical treatment for themselves or a dependant

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 52 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • the period of absence is likely to exceed 52 weeks, or in exceptional circumstances, if the absence is unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

People receiving medically-approved care in the UK or abroad

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 52 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • the period of absence is likely to exceed 52 weeks, or in exceptional circumstances, if the absence is unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

Persons providing medically-approved care in the UK or abroad

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 52 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let their home
  • the period of absence is likely to exceed 52 weeks, or in exceptional circumstances, if the absence is unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

Prisoners

Convicted prisoners serving a custodial sentence of less than 13 weeks, after deducting likely remission

In the event of a custodial sentence, payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 13 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • it is known, at the outset, that the period of absence will exceed 13 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

Remand prisoners who are held in custody

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 52 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • the period of absence is likely to exceed 52 weeks, or in exceptional circumstances, if the absence is unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

Residential Accommodation

People who enter residential accommodation for a "trial" period while deciding whether to stay or return home

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 13 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • it is known, at the outset, that the period of absence will exceed 13 weeks subject to an overall limit of 52 weeks absence from home

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

People receiving care in residential accommodation, other than those residing there on a "trial" basis

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 52 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • the period of absence is likely to exceed 52 weeks, or in exceptional circumstances, if the absence is unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

Training/Work

People working away from home in the UK or abroad

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 13 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • it is known, from the outset, that the period of absence will exceed 13 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

People undertaking approved training courses in the UK or abroad

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 52 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • the period of absence is likely to exceed 52 weeks, or in exceptional circumstances, if the absence is unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

Voluntary Workers in the UK or abroad

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 13 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • it is known, from the outset, that the period of absence will exceed 13 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

Miscellaneous

People Absent from home in the UK, due to, for example, Holidays, Domestic or Religious reasons

Payment of Housing Benefit will continue for a maximum period of 13 weeks unless:

  • you do not intend to return home
  • you have let or sub-let your home
  • it is known, from the outset, that the period of absence will exceed 13 weeks

You should always notify your local Northern Ireland Housing Executive / Rates Collection Agency office to keep them up to date with any relevant changes.

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