Contact your l;ocal SS office for more details. My guess is if the landlord pays the bills under a court order and you can show you did not keep any of the money, SSA will not affect your SSI. But, I would still tell them about it - with SSI being need based, they always want to know about any money issues.
Best of luck to you!
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I agree with the suggestion to call your local field office and ask if they need that information. It's always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to reporting financial matters to the SSA.
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You may want to look at 20 CFR 416.1124(b) and POMS section SI 00830.655.
These regulations provide that federal, state, or locally-ordered relocation assistance is "excluded from income", and therefore does not reduce your SSI benefit. While your question did not identify whether a government agency was involved in the determining that your landlord has to fund your relocation, I agree with the others who recommend that you report the relocation assistance to the SSA field office
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