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Really need some advice - having a home visit.
I am not sure if i should be worried about this or not.
I am a lone parent and i am currently house sitting for my ex land lord.
He now works over seas and he is currently going to be away for the next 2 years approx. He is a non UK resident, so pays no tax etc.
As i was a good tennant at a property of his last year, he asked me if i would be willing to move into his own home and look after his dog and home and do bits and peices of admin for him - rent free while he is overseas.
I agreed and my daughter and I moved in at the end of last year.
In the property i was previously living in i was claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit - both of these I now no longer claim as he pays the council tax himself and i don't need to pay him rent as i'm sorting out his dog.
All of his belongings are in the house still (in a separate room from mine) and he still gets mail delivered to this address.
He even lets me use his car. ( so long as i pay for the upkeep of it, MOT's tax etc)
I have had a letter this morning saying that DWP have tried to visit me on two occasions, but i was out and that they are now coming to visit me at home next week " to make sure you are getting the correct amount of Income Support you are entitled to"
It says i need to provide 2 forms of ID and proof of birth date for my daughter.
It says its from the Performance Measurement department, from the Multi-benefit Review Officer.
I am just wondering why they want a home visit? Even though the owner of the house does not live here, can i still get into trouble if his things are still here??
Will they be checking for things like that??
Any feed back would be greatly appreciated.