my husband and I are seperating. i am the main earner. With the recent property slump our house is worth little more than what is owed on it. My husband is currently working on a FAS scheme but this is due to finish in May 2011. At that point he will be unemployed. If he signs the house over to me and thus has no home and no Job what will he be entitled to from social welfare?
1. If your husband has no place to live in future, he will be entitled to rent allowance as well as unemployment benefit/assistance. If he had a mortgage on a new house before he claimed social welfare, he would be entitled to monies towards the mortgage payments. However, if he has no place to live, the rent allowance is what is normally paid. Be aware that there are often deductions applied on the amount of rent allowed in respect of renting a premises. Rarely are you allowed the full amount of the rent paid to the landlord. A deduction is generally applied of €8-15 per week. Also you are limited to what rented premises you can choose by the maximum amount the local authority will provide in respect of rent allowance. This sum varys from county council to county council, so check in advance as to how much your local county council or city council will pay.
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