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RE: INHERITING A PROPERTY WHILE CLAIMING ESA BENEFITS

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Scope2005
Scope2005 Community member Posts: 8 Listener

Hi, sadly as my Mother died last August she left me her house in her will which i have inherited. The house is currently going through probate now.

I am disabled and claim the higher rate of benefit for PIP. I also claim benefits: ESA (income related), housing benefit and council tax support.

I would be v grateful if someone could tell me when they will stop my means-tested benefits of ESA, housing benefit and council tax support? Will these benefits be stopped once i have been granted probate or will it be after i have sold my Mother's house and received the money into my bank account from the sale of the house?

Also, please can someone tell me when i should be informing the benefits agency about me inheriting my Mother's house? I would like to take steps to sell the house after getting the probate. If i move into the house will i still lose my means-tested benefits? Many thanks for your valuable support and advice.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
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    Sorry for your loss. You will need to report the changes after probate. Unfortunately, there’s no disregard while you sell the property so all means tested benefits will stop. Unless the home is lived in by a close relative who is either state pension age and above or has been assessed as having limited capability for work.

    PIP isn’t affected. If any part of your ESA is contributions based, this will not be affected.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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