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    • theaugusto
    • By theaugusto 19th May 17, 8:54 PM
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    housing benefit , boarder/lodger
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    • 19th May 17, 8:54 PM
    housing benefit , boarder/lodger 19th May 17 at 8:54 PM
    Hello everyone,
    I have been living in a big city for a few years and have been receiving housing benefit, but due to the deterioration of mental health I've decided to move out my flat in the city and move to the country side , I've asked a family friend if he could rent me a room in his house and he agreed. what i wanted to know is would I still be able to claim housing benefit If I am a boarder in someone's house.
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    • GotToChange
    • By GotToChange 20th May 17, 10:39 AM
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    I think you can - it might be a lower rate, probably "shared house" rate vs. whatever you were getting as a sole occupant in your own apartment (which may not have been the full rent anyway?) And also it may be affected by moving from one Local Authority to another.
    Last edited by GotToChange; 20-05-2017 at 10:43 AM.

    • tboo
    • By tboo 20th May 17, 10:48 AM
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    How old are you?

    “Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”
    • theaugusto
    • By theaugusto 20th May 17, 12:11 PM
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    I am 28 years old
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 20th May 17, 12:18 PM
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    You can claim HB as a lodger as long as you have liability for rent. Your landlord must not be a close family member.

    Your landlord would have to write a letter stating that you were a lodger in the house and that your rent was *****.

    You would be assessed for HB based on the shared accommodation rate. You can check what this is on the council's website.

    How much you got would depend on your financial circumstances,

    Are you claiming any means tested benefits? Are you claiming PIP or DLA?

    Your landlord may also be affected if you live in their house re: tax implications, if they are on any benefits.
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