I am living in family home - sbx's choice. She says she can't claim housing benefit for new house rent because she is joint owner of family home Says I should pay rent (which I can't afford by a mile).
Is this corrct?
The reason why your ex might not be able to claim benefit could be that she is a part owner of the house and is therefore deemed to have capital, which would be likely ( but not inevitably ) to take her above the capital limit for housing benefit.
There are some quite complicated rules about when the value of a house can be taken into consideration and when it can't. I haven't done CAB for years, but I know these rules exist and it would, I think, be worth your while to make an appointment with a specialist benefits adviser at your local CAB or other similar organisation.
thnaks very much - as we haven't sold house yet still not clear if she is entitled right now ie before any equity is turned into cash. I'm sure after the sale she will not be but that will not be a problem at that point.
Does any one have a clear view what happens pre-sale?