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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

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

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.

You may not want to inform your landlord or mortgage lender that you're in prison, but you have to keep them informed.

If you are remanded in custody and you were renting your home before you went to prison, you may be able to get help with paying your rent for up to 52 weeks.

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.

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.

There are many different types of housing available to rent privately. You might be looking to rent a self-contained flat or house, or just a room.

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