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A property that you own and that you do not live in usually counts as capital for benefits. The amount of capital that you have can affect how much you receive in benefits. 

If a property is ignored, it is not counted as capital for benefits.

Your property may be ignored if you do not live in it and:

  • Your ex partner lives there and they are a lone parent
  • You have a close relative living there and they are over Pension Credit age
  • You have a close relative living there and they are unable to work due to illness or disability
  • Your current partner continues to live there, for example: one of you lives in a care home.