Housing Benefit on two homes (also known as overlapping benefit) is paid when someone moves into a new property and still has to pay rent on their old property.
Housing Benefit can also be paid on a previous home when you have moved into a new home that you do not pay rent for. This may be a relative’s home or a nursing home.
Housing Benefit is normally only paid on one home (the one in which you live). This is because most people should plan a move in advance. Therefore Housing Benefit on two homes is only paid in exceptional circumstances.