Value of property and its effect on means-tested benefits

Your entitlement to means-tested benefits can be affected by the amount of ‘capital’ you have. The value of a property which you own, or jointly own, counts as capital but in some circumstances its value can be disregarded. If you have had to leave a property you own, or jointly own, because of domestic abuse and you are single, or a single parent, this page explains the effect of your capital on your entitlement to means-tested benefits and whether the value of your property can be disregarded.