What is a change in circumstance?
A change of circumstance is when a change takes place in your household, while you are receiving housing benefit or council tax support. The change needs to be reported to us as it could mean you will be entitled to more or less housing benefit and/or council tax support.
Changes you need to tell us about
You will need to tell us if there is a change in your:
Rent or change of address
- rent (private tenants only)
- if you move to another address within Harrow or move out of the borough
- such as someone leaving or joining your household. You must tell us if a non-dependant (such as grown-up children and other adult relatives), partner or child moves into or out of your home.
- a non-dependant starts or stops getting a state benefit
- a non-dependant starts, stops or changes employment
- marital status: married, divorced or separated from your husband, wife, partner or co-habitant
- children's education eg if they leave school, start university etc.
- addition to the household, such as a new born baby
- state benefits or allowances or that of your partner
- income or earnings, or that of your partner
- income from tenants or boarders
If you will be away from your property for a length of time, please tell us before you leave. From 28 July 2016, the length of time you can be away from home before your Housing Benefit is affected is changing. This affects both working age and state pension credit age claimants. For further detail, please see our Temporary Absence rules page.
When should you report the change
You must tell the benefits service within one calendar month of the date of the change. If you report the change after one calender month has passed, and you are entitled to more housing benefit, you will only be awarded the additional housing benefit from the Monday after you reported the change.