Keeping your home
Returning to your own home after imprisonment can really help you get back on your feet. However, this won’t always be possible.
If you're not entitled to housing benefit or you can't pay your housing costs while in prison, trying to hold on to your home can get you in serious debt and it might be best to let it go. Before you make any decisions, talk to a housing advice worker to see what your options are.
Whether it is reasonable to keep your home or not will depend on the type of housing that you have and the length of your imprisonment. There are special considerations for tenants and owner-occupiers, as well as persons on remand and sentenced prisoners.
Keeping your home while on remand
If you are on remand awaiting trial, it is usually best that you try holding onto your home. The court may decide to release you or you might only serve a short sentence.
Keeping your home while sentenced
Depending on the length of your sentence and the type of housing that you have, you may want to try holding onto your home. There is a limit to the amount of time that you’ll get benefits to help pay your rent or mortgage interest.
When should I give up my home?
In certain circumstances, keeping your home may not be the best option for you. If you’re serving a long sentence, you can’t afford to keep paying your housing costs or you’re unable to return home because of a conflict you might have to think about giving up your home