The claimant is no longer treated as occupying their home if:
- From the start of the absence it is expected that they will be away longer than six months, or
- At any point during the 6 months the claimant changes their mind and no longer intends to return home - from the date of that decision, or
- At any point during the 6 months it becomes apparent that the claimant is likely to be away for more than 6 months - from the date on which this becomes apparent, or
- After they have been away for a continuous period of 6 months.