Change of address or circumstances - for benefits

1. What do I do if I am moving house?

2. What do I do if my circumstances change?

3. What kind of changes do I need to tell you about?

4. When do I need to tell you about any changes?

5. How should I tell you about changes?

6. What sort of evidence do you need?

7. What happens if I am away from home?

8. What happens if I don't tell you about any changes?

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1. What do I do if I am moving house?

If you move, you must tell us if you are moving within or outside Hammersmith & Fulham by downloading and completing this form:- .

Change of address form for people receiving council tax support or housing benefit  (pdf 781KB)

If you move outside the borough, please contact us on 020 8753 6681.

2. What do I do if my circumstances change?

If you receive council tax support or housing benefit, you must let us know if your circumstances change.

If your circumstances change:

  • either call 020 8753 6681 - if you we need further information to support your change we will explain what you need to do.
  • or download and complete this form:

 Change of circumstances form for people receiving council tax support or housing benefit (pdf)

If there is not enough room on the form to give us a full explanation of the change, please continue on a separate sheet of paper.

3. What kind of changes do I need to tell you about?

You need to tell us about any changes that could affect your benefit - particularly if the money you receive goes up or down, or starts or stops.

Please tell us if:

  • your or your partner's income support, job seekers allowance or any other benefit changes
  • your or your partner's wages, tax credits, works pension changes
  • maintenance you receive changes
  • any other income you or your partner receive
  • anyone comes to live with you or moves out
  • someone who lives with you starts or stops work
  • the income of someone who lives with you changes
  • a child leaves school
  • your bank account changes
  • your savings change
  • your stocks, shares or other investments change
  • your landlord puts your rent up or down - but if you are a council tenant, you don't need to tell us about any rent changes
  • the services included in your rent change
  • the part of the property you live in changes
  • you move
  • you live away from home
  • you are going to be away from home for more than two weeks
  • you become a student or finish your course
  • you go into hospital
  • you go into prison
  • your landlord changes.

We cannot list all of the changes in circumstances that you should tell us about, but if you are not sure whether we need to know, tell us anyway. Do not leave it until the next time you fill in a claim form.

4. When do I need to tell you about any changes?

You should tell us straight away. If you don't, you could either lose benefit or you may be overpaid benefit, which you will have to pay back.

5. How should I tell you about changes?

Tell us what has changed and the date it changed. Give us all the details. For example, we need to know things like:

  • new amounts of income
  • name and date of birth of someone who has come to live with you
  • date someone moved out of your home.

6. What sort of evidence do you need?

We usually need to see proof of the change which can include:

  • the notice of a rent increase
  • the award letter about a new benefit or about a change to your benefit
  • the award letter about a tax credit, or change to your tax credit
  • the letter telling you your pension has increased
  • pay slips.

We must see signed original documents, not copies. Please do not send valuable items through the post. If you can, bring them to the h&f Direct centre where we will take the details we need and give you the document/s back straight away.

To discuss your benefit application with a member of staff at the h&f Direct centre you will need to make an appointment. However, if you only wish to drop off documents (up to a maximum of 25) to support your claim, you may do this without any appointment between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

If you cannot come in, contact us for advice. If you haven't got the necessary evidence yet, don't delay telling us about what has changed and the date it changed. You can always show us the evidence later when you have it.

7. What happens if I am away from home?

In most circumstances, we will continue to pay housing benefit for up to 13 weeks' temporary absence from home, as long as you intend to return to the claim address. Even if your absence is going to be shorter than 13 weeks, you should still tell us about it. Certain groups of people, such as hospital in patients or remand prisoners, can continue to receive benefit for up to 52 weeks' absence.

8. What happens if I don't tell you about any changes?

If you don't tell us or are slow to tell us about a change, we are likely to go on paying the same rate of benefit as before and this may be wrong. We may need to change the amount we pay you, or stop your benefit completely because of the change.

If we have paid you too much, we will expect you to pay it back, and we may take it out of any benefit we are still paying you. For council tax benefit, we will take the money back from your council tax account so you will get a revised bill showing that you have to pay more.

If you don't tell us about changes straight away, we may not be able to pay you backdated benefit.

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