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  1. My friend has dual nationality! but has no permanent UK address! and for all those dissing me for claiming benefits. I have worked since I left school. I have paid my taxes. I can't understand people that say "Why should the tax payer pay for him?" I have no children yet I pay for other people's children's schools/schooling. Why should I pay for that, if that is your way of thinking? He was only here for a month and like I say I was doing it out of the goodness of my heart!
  2. Thanks guys. I'm sorry for being pedantic. I was trying to be honest with the Council but that is just me!!! I think you peeps have helped me with my question... The law is an ass! and it stinks! yet our politicians can get away with expenses for a flippin fish pond! Cheers Zipp
  3. and what would happen if I refuse to take money off of my friend? I would be liable eh? It's a one bedroom friggin flat!!!
  4. So who is responsible for the rent? Me or him? Because the letters are in MY name!
  5. I think you are missing the point... The letter from the council is addressed to ME. I also should state that the Council are asking me to pay one weeks rent (Which I have been overpaid) and have suspended my Housing Benefit until proof of my friends wages are supplied. The letter is addressed to me! So, depending on their assessment, who is liable? me or my friend? and I say again... my friend IS NOT on the tenancy agreement and I am NOT charging him rent! So because I have a friend staying and sleeping on my sofa in a one bedroom flat that I do not charge him rent and he has no tenancy agreement between me or my landlord. I HAVE TO PAY RENT? (the letter is addressed to me) Regards Phil
  6. There is something wrong with this forum, it says I have to wait 30 seconds before posting... And then it is posted twice!!!! Eh?
  7. So, I have to pay rent of £86 a week for a one bedroom flat out of my E.S.A. (The letter from the Council is addressed to me!)? Or, I ask my friend to pay the rent directly to the Council even though he is NOT on the tenancy agreement? Or, I ask him to pay me rent even though there is no tenancy agreement between us and I told him he can stay and sleep on my couch (In a one bedroom flat)? and I am doing it as a friend and I am NOT charging him?
  8. So, I have to pay rent of £86 a week for a one bedroom flat out of my E.S.A. (The letter from the Council is addressed to me!)? Or, I ask my friend to pay the rent directly to the Council even though he is NOT on the tenancy agreement? Or, I ask him to pay me rent even though there is no tenancy agreement between us and I told him he can stay and sleep on my couch (In a one bedroom flat)? and I am doing it as a friend and I am NOT charging him?
  9. You are 100% correct. The problem is: The Council have written to me asking ME to pay rent! I DO NOT CHARGE my guest for rent! So, 1: Should the Council ask my friend for rent? even though he is not on the tenancy agreement or 2: I should pay the rent out of my E.S.A. 3: I ask my friend to pay rent even though I am doing it as a favour for sleeping on my couch? (1 bedroom flat!!)
  10. Thank for the replies. My local Council are expecting ME to pay for my friend (He is not a partner or a lodger and is NOT on the tenancy agreement) So I have to pay my landlord £86 a week for a one bedroom flat because my friend is staying?? OUT OF MY E.S.A. BENEFIT!!!? Something aint right here! Anyway, he's now moved out! Regards Phil
  11. I'm over a barrel and cannot win! If I did say he was a lodger and I was charging him rent, it would come off my ESA!! I'm not out out to cheat the system, I was being honest and told them I have a guest, but because he is working they demand to see his payslips!!! Perhaps I should have said nothing!! and then my nosey neighbours would dob me in and I would be done for fraud!!! I cannot win. I might aswell tell him to get lost and he would be anther homeless statistic!
  12. Yes I am a single occupant till then, It is a one bedroom flat. He has no other UK address that he can call 'Home' Regards Phil
  13. Hi I need some advice... I am on ESA (Support Group) and get Housing and council tax benefit. My good friend has come from South Africa and is staying at mine until he finds somewhere. He is sleeping on my sofa as I have a one bedroom flat. I am not charging him rent and he buys his own food. He is also doing temporary agency work part time to earn some money. I have informed the council that he is staying here and now they want to reduce my housing benefit/council tax benefit because they believe he should contribute towards the rent! So would he be able to claim Housing Benefit if he only works part time and is on a low wage? The council have asked to see evidence of his incoming wages and I have to now supply his wage slips. Any help/advice please? Thanks Phil
  14. Hi Stu, I am pretty certain that I have not signed anything to allow them to communicate by email. The only thing I have signed is the Tenancy Agreement. Cheers
  15. Hi Stu, It is Greenfields Community Housing. I haven't specifically given them permission to reply to me by email, but have no problem with them doing so as it is quicker and I have a permanent copy of prior correspondence. Better than having a load of paperwork cluttering up my drawers ;-)
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