Can I claim housing benefit if I sell my home and rent it back from the new owner?

Usually you will not be entitled to Housing Benefit if: You rent the home you once owned as a freeholder or leaseholder, and you claim housing benefit within five years of selling that home. This is called the "former owner rule". But this rule does not apply if you satisfy our conditions that you could not have stayed in your home without selling it, and of course this rule does not apply after five years have passed since you sold your home.