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    • Catface1
    • By Catface1 8th Jul 18, 6:02 PM
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    Claiming housing benefit while subletting
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:02 PM
    Claiming housing benefit while subletting 8th Jul 18 at 6:02 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Would be very grateful for some advice.

    I'll be staying with a friend over the summer and contributing to her rent while I look for a longer-term place to stay.

    In the last place I lived I received housing benefit, and ideally I would claim housing benefit again while I'm living with her, as I'm pretty short on money. However, my arrangement with my friend is unofficial - we are not declaring it to her landlord as she is technically speaking not supposed to sublet.

    I wonder if I can still claim housing benefit under these circumstances? As I understand it I would need to provide proof that I am liable for rent. Would perhaps providing a letter from my friend, and bank statements showing the rent coming out of my account be enough?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Catface1; 08-07-2018 at 6:05 PM.
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    • need an answer
    • By need an answer 8th Jul 18, 6:08 PM
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    Why don't you pose your question to the housing benefit officer,they will advise you far more clearly and concisely than an internet forum.
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    • HampshireH
    • By HampshireH 8th Jul 18, 6:15 PM
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    If your staying over the summer amd we are already in the 2nd week of july its hardly worth you putting a claim in.

    I assume you intend to be a lodger rather than a sub tenant.

    Are you working? Wouldn't it be easier to come to an arrangement over jobs around the house etc for lower room rent. As I say summer doesnt last long so unless this isn't a short term arrangement......
    • Catface1
    • By Catface1 8th Jul 18, 6:21 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:21 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:21 PM
    Hi - thanks for your reply

    I'm a little nervous to pose this to a housing benefit officer - I don't want to get my friend in trouble for essentially renting a room to me without telling her landlord
    • Catface1
    • By Catface1 8th Jul 18, 6:22 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:22 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:22 PM
    It would mean getting two months worth of housing benefit I think, which for me would be a significant amount. (I'd be living with her from mid-july to mid-september).
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 8th Jul 18, 6:25 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:25 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:25 PM
    So what evidence will you give in support of your claim

    For example (not sure whether you are in a UC area or not)

    https://www.dover.gov.uk/Benefits/Housing-Benefit/Acceptable-proof/Proof-you-need-to-provide.aspx
    • Catface1
    • By Catface1 8th Jul 18, 6:29 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:29 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:29 PM
    I'm in Edinburgh which is not using Universal Credit just yet. And yeah, I'm not too sure - I was wondering about this. Perhaps my friend could write them a letter and I could provide bank statements showing the rent coming out of my account?
    • Pixie5740
    • By Pixie5740 8th Jul 18, 7:41 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 7:41 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 7:41 PM
    Your landlord (your friend) could give you a lodger (common law tenant) contract. Shelter Scotland have an example on here:

    https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/__data/assets/file/0005/378689/Sample_Lodger_Agreement.rtf

    Some councils, not sure about Edinburgh City Council, ask to see evidence that your landlord's landlord has given your landlord permission to have a lodger before paying out housing benefit.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 8th Jul 18, 8:40 PM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 8:40 PM
    This scenario just keeps coming up!


    It's a benefits question, not a housing one.


    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5865466
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