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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Going into prison

If you had safe and secure accommodation before going into custody you should try to keep it, if possible, while you’re in prison.

Securing your home and your belongings while you are in prison can be difficult, especially if noone else is going to be living in your home or you lose it while in custody.

If you’ve been receiving benefits you’ll need to let the social security office know that you’re going into prison.

Going into custody doesn’t necessarily mean losing your home. Depending on your circumstances, there may be ways of keeping your home while you’re in prison.

If you are paying off a mortgage and you are on remand, you may be able to get help with your repayments. You'll only get help towards the interest on your mortgage and you'll only get help for a certain amount of time.

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 may serve only a short sentence, so having a home to get back to is very important.

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.

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.

Whether you came to prison from a permanent address or temporary accommodation, you can find yourself at risk of being homeless upon release.

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