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Owning home claiming disability benefits

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Hankhomas49
Hankhomas49 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
I'm currently on pip ,sdp and ESA
I have several health issues that prevent me from working.
With rents sky rocketing a family member has said they will buy me a house 
But as I am unable to work I wanted to know if I could claim benefits if I owned a house
I don't have any savings or money so are reliant on benefits
Many thanks

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 2022
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    Owning a house you live in will not affect ESA (including SDP) or PIP. If you currently get Housing Benefit to help with rent that will stop. You will be able to claim Council Tax Reduction.

    Can you afford to maintain a house?
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Hankhomas49
    Hankhomas49 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Possibly not as I don't have any money apart from benefits I receive the rents are so high and landlord is wanting to put rent up so would have to move out of local area
  • Hankhomas49
    Hankhomas49 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Wouldn't a house be classed as capital for means tested benefit
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,161 Disability Gamechanger
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    When you rent you have no other costs to maintain your home. 
    When you own your home there’s so many other costs involved. It’s not as easy as someone buying you a house. 
    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.
  • Hankhomas49
    Hankhomas49 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    But you can own a house and claim disability benefits the main issue for me is mobility and that's why my family wanted to keep me close by.
    As it very difficult to rent in local area
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,161 Disability Gamechanger
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    You can own a house and continue with all your benefits, apart from housing benefit. It's just the cost to maintain that house.
    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.
  • Hankhomas49
    Hankhomas49 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Thank you for the replies 🙂
  • Hankhomas49
    Hankhomas49 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    So would they be able to buy it out right and gift it to me what would be process to go forward with this
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 2022
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    Wouldn't a house be classed as capital for means tested benefit
    As advised, if you live in it then it is ignored.
    So would they be able to buy it out right and gift it to me what would be process to go forward with this
    For benefits purposes yes they could (although there may be tax implications for them - not my area of knowledge).
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • ShirleyW
    ShirleyW Community member Posts: 355 Pioneering
    edited April 2022
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    The house you live in does not count as capital for any means tested benefits. 

    Many people can and do own their own home whilst receiving means tested benefits. 

    Myself and my husband have done so for many years since he became disabled.

    There are many grants available for things like replacement boilers etc.  You may not be able to decorate as often as you would like but careful management and budgeting will help.

    If the home your family buy for you is fully modernised with up to date equipment it will be many years before any repairs need doing.

    I found that putting a small amount of money on one side for repairs every month helped. 

    You will need to insure the property but basic buildings insurance is not very expensive.   Certainly it is much cheaper than contents insurance. 

    The peace of mind in having your own property which is suitable for you and where you want to live is worth a lot.
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