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  1. #1

    Default 'Contrived' letting to family member; effect on LHA/HB

    will the dss pay private rent on a house owned by my father if i was on income support n carers allowance to look after him.
    Last edited by mackey1224uk; 15-02-2008 at 21:21 PM. Reason: spelling mistake

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006


    See advice here but consider contacting Shelter or Citizens Advice Bureau for your particular circumstances. Looks like if you live in the same property, it's unlikely. If you live in separate properties, you would have to prove it's not a contrived tenancy.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2005


    The DSS (or DWP now) won't pay you a penny.

    All housing benefit or local housing allowance is now paid by local authorities (or the council as they are usually known as).

    Generally you cannot get HB/LHA for a let where the landlord and tenant are closely related. There are some exceptions depending on individual setups and proof that its not a contrived tenancy (i.e. set up to take advantage of the HB/LHA system)

    The people you need to speak to before setting anything up in stone are the HB/LHA department at your local council offices.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2005


    If your father has a mortgage and is living in the house in question, he may be able to get help with housing costs. I would advise you to go to your local Citizens Advice bureau and ask them to do a benefit check for you tp make sure you and he are getting all you are entitled to.

  5. #5

    Default Is LHA paid when renting from family?


    My cousin has recently seperated with her baby's father, and wants to live closer to her parents home. She has tried to find a property to rent closer to her parents, but is struggling to find landlords who accept LHA T's in the area.

    If her father was to buy a property and let it to her, would this effect any LHA she would normally receive?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2008


    They will not allow this.
    Sorry to sound rude but half the country would be trying for it if this was the case.
    Good luck with your search anyway.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2006


    Yes, it's possible under some circumstances, the criteria is outlined here


  8. #8

    Default 'Contrived' letting to family member; effect on LHA/HB

    i own a property but live away from the property,i only return to the property once a fortnight to check it is ok, i would like to ask if it would be legal for me to rent my property to my father, who is unemployed and as such would need to claim the appropriate benefits to cover the rent, at present my father lives in my property with me covering all the mortgage council tax and bills. My point is since i dont live in the property and wouldnt be living in it even if my father wasnt living there could i rent it to him legally with him claim benefits. if he lived anywhere else they would but im not sure on the rules about renting from family. cheers for any advice .

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2005


    Here's an answer offered by Shelter.

    If you have an ordinary residential mortgage and let the property, the mortgage lender will almost certainly object. If you have a BTL mortgage, the mortgage lender may have rules against letting to family members.

  10. #10

    Default Letting to a relative: can T still claim LHA/HB?


    My sons partner and our grandchild have moved into a flat my wife and i own,They have have just returned from Australia.Our grandchild is only 8 weeks old so the mother cannot work so will be claiming whatever she is entitled to.She is british and the baby dual nationality.Would she be able to claim rent assistance even though we are obviousley relatives by our surnames.

    Thanks James.

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