A property that you own can be classified as an “ignored property” if you do not live in it. This will also count towards your capital and may affect any benefits you wish to claim.
The amount of capital that you have can affect how much you receive in benefits.
If a property is ignored, it will not count towards your 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.