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    • staffie1
    • By staffie1 15th Jan 20, 8:19 AM
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    Temporary accommodation while looking
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:19 AM
    Temporary accommodation while looking 15th Jan 20 at 8:19 AM
    Hi All,
    I need to complete on the sale of my house, but have found nothing to buy yet.
    My mother (council tenant) says I can stay with her until I find something - about 12 wks (hopefully).

    She’s not spoken to the council as yet - but is this something they would allow? I expect to pay a contribution towards rent, CT, etc.
    My mother is also in receipt of pension credit and some other benefit.

    Thanks!
    If you will the end, you must will the means
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    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 15th Jan 20, 8:26 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:26 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:26 AM
    I doubt the council will care about a close family member moving in (whether temporary or not). Is there something in her tenancy agreement suggesting it would be a problem?
    • ethank
    • By ethank 15th Jan 20, 8:26 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:26 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:26 AM
    I'm guessing your mum is a long term council tenant and has a secure tenancy. Do check the agreement but secure tenants do need have a legal right to take in a lodger and don’t need their landlord’s consent to do this.
    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 15th Jan 20, 8:29 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:29 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:29 AM
    Surely you will be your mother's guest?
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 15th Jan 20, 8:36 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:36 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:36 AM
    Three months is pushing the limits of a "guest". It's unlikely to have an impact on your mother's tenancy, but may do on her benefits.

    And that's assuming she's not in an age-restricted property. Three months may be optimistic if you haven't found anywhere yet.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 15th Jan 20, 8:50 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:50 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:50 AM
    Personally I would rent a room in someone's house (check on a site like Spare Room) rather than rely on family. There is just too much to go wrong with what you propose: above all a fairly elderly person finding her routines disrupted and making her discomfort obvious, meaning that you feel under pressure to buy something quickly, even if it is not suitable...
    • staffie1
    • By staffie1 15th Jan 20, 9:09 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 9:09 AM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 9:09 AM
    Yes she’s a long term tenant with secure tenancy and there’s nothing in her tenancy or on the council website relating to this - only to tenancy fraud, subletting.
    If you will the end, you must will the means
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 15th Jan 20, 2:51 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 2:51 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 2:51 PM
    If she is in receipt of single person discount for Council Tax, then she will no longer be eligible for this while you stay in the property.
    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 15th Jan 20, 5:11 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 5:11 PM
    If she is in receipt of single person discount for Council Tax, then she will no longer be eligible for this while you stay in the property.
    Is this the case even for a guest?
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 15th Jan 20, 5:16 PM
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    Is this the case even for a guest?
    Originally posted by xylophone
    It will be the principal residence of the guest, who'll be staying for an indefinite period - so yes, I expect their occupation is relevant. Different from them just popping up for the weekend.
    • staffie1
    • By staffie1 15th Jan 20, 6:14 PM
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    I think it would be best for me to rent somewhere. I don’t want to upset her benefits and then for her to have the hassle of trying to sort it out after I’ve left.
    If you will the end, you must will the means
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