Overlapping payments on two homes (Housing Benefit)
Can I get help if I have to pay rent on my old and new home?
Housing Benefit is normally only paid on one home - the one at which you live. This is because most people should be able to plan a move in advance.
In a few exceptional cases benefit may be paid on two homes.
When can payment on two homes be made?
A person has moved into their new house and they could not reasonably have avoided liability in respect of both of them.
In such cases the authority may be able to treat the claimant as occupying both properties as a home for up to a maximum period of four benefit weeks and therefore may be entitled to benefit on both of them.