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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

UC housing costs if you can't live in your home or are living in two homes

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The housing costs element of Universal Credit can only help with costs on the home you are actually living in.

It is sometimes possible to get help with the housing costs for a home you aren’t living in, but this depends on your reasons for not staying there.

It’s also possible to get housing costs paid on two homes, but only in very limited circumstances.

 

It is sometimes possible to get help with the housing costs for a home you aren’t living in, but this depends on your reasons for not staying there and on whether you plan to return to this 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.

 

Universal Credit can sometimes help with housing costs on more than one property, but this is rare.