If you have a tenancy of your own and know that you could be facing a prison sentence, you may be able to keep your tenancy. There are some things you'll need to consider, however.
If you have a local authority tenancy:
- You may be able to sign over to someone else who has lived with you for at least 12 months or sub-let your tenancy.
- If you're in receipt of Universal Credit, this may still be paid to your landlord if you're held on remand for up to six months.
- Think about the security of the property:
- Does someone else have a key?
- Do you have any pets that will need to be cared for?
- Have you made plans to redirect your mail?
If you receive a sentence longer than 13 weeks, you'll be asked to end the tenancy.
If you have a private let:
- Think about how long you have left on your current lease.
- Tell your landlord you may be facing a sentence. They may be prepared to allow your tenancy to continue if they'll still receive Local Housing Allowance.
You may be able to continue getting Universal Credit or make a claim for the first time if you go to prison or are on remand.
You won’t be entitled to claim if:
- You’re likely to be on remand for more than 26 weeks.
- You’re likely to be in prison for more than 13 weeks (including any time on remand).
- You’re not intending to return home on release.
- You’re claiming as a couple and you’ve split up.
- The property is going to be rented out.
You can find out more about benefits and prison on GOV.UK