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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Getting UC housing costs help before you move into your home

You normally need to be living in your home before Universal Credit can help you with the housing costs. But, you can get help with the costs for up to one month before you move in if moving in has been delayed for certain reasons.

Waiting for adaptations to a new home

You can get the housing costs element of UC for a new home you haven’t moved into yet for a maximum of one month as long as:

  • Your move has been delayed because you are waiting for essential disability adaptations to be carried out to your home, and
  • You, your partner or a child or young person is receiving the daily living component of PIP, high or middle rate care component of DLA or attendance allowance, and
  • You have become legally responsible for making payments on the new home.

Leaving hospital or a care home

You can get help with the housing costs on a new home for up to one month before you moved in, as long as

  • You have now moved into your home and
  • You were legally responsible for making payments on the new home before you could move in and
  • You were in a hospital, a care home or similar when you became legally responsible for the payments.

If you are part of a couple, you must both satisfy the conditions above in order to get help with the housing costs for the period before you moved in.