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It is a condition of receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support that you are actually living in the property for which you are claiming benefit or support.
There are certain exceptions to this rule which means that some people can continue to claim benefit or support during periods of absence from the property. This page explains the circumstances in which people can continue to claim whilst being away from the property.
The length of time for which you can continue to claim benefit / support during an absence depends on the reason why you are away from your property. Some groups of people can continue to claim for 13 weeks and some groups can claim for 52 weeks.
For both groups of people, however, the basic qualifying conditions below must always be met:
Certain groups of people are allowed to continue claiming for up to 13 weeks during a period of absence. These are:
Certain groups of people are allowed to continue claiming for up to 52 weeks during a period of absence. Examples of these are:
If you are unsure of how your absence will be treated 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 to know the following:
If any of the following change during your absence you need to inform us immediately:
If you need to contact us about Council Tax and benefits you can do so by: