Housing Benefit usually stops the day you move out of your home.
HB on both homes
If you are moving from one home to another but there is an overlap between the end of your old occupation contract and the start of your new contract, it may be possible to get Housing Benefit paid for both homes for up to four weeks.
You will have to show that you could not avoid having an overlap between the occupation contracts, for example:
- you had to accept the contract at your new home immediately, but you still had to give notice before ending the contract at your old flat.
HB on your old home only
If you have moved to a new home where you do not have to pay rent, but you will still have to pay rent on your old home, you may be able to get Housing Benefit paid for up to four weeks, so that you can give your landlord notice that you wish to leave.
You will have to show that you could not avoid having to pay rent after you moved out, i.e. you could not have known that you would have to move and therefore couldn’t have given notice before you moved out. For example:
- you were taken into hospital permanently
- you were given a prison sentence of more than 13 weeks, or
- you went to stay with relatives because you are frail or elderly and won’t be able to return home.