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About 2 weeks ago 36
I have a property which I rent to my son who is on Housing Benefit.
He has several medical problems mainly brought on by the use of drugs in the past.
I had two other properties which I had let out before to claimants that were on Housing Benefit. One of which was sold and the other is now in the process of being sold.
When my son applied for Housing Benefit, all the info relative to him being my son, was declared.
To keep him on the path to recovery, I have subsidised him for food and also to purchase materials for work that needs to be done on the property.
The Housing Benefit office asked for three months of my bank statements which show some cash payments from mine to his bank.
The Housing Benefit office are now saying “I have cancelled benefit as you have supplied us with bank statements for the account that we pay Housing Benefit into, these statements reflect Housing Benefitpayments being issued and then payments being transferred to your son’s account”
The Benefits office are claiming the whole of the amount for the time that he has been there which amounts to £3587.49.
Yes, I support my son, if I didn’t, he would be on the streets and a far greater burden to the tax payer.
I cannot have him living at home as my husband is disabled and we do not have the room.
What do I do now, do I give him notice to quit?
Are they able to do this or is there anything I can do? Some advice needed please.
My name is Annette Cranstoun – I have delved into the letting property market and found it more trouble than it’s worth. At one point I had three properties let out. One of them was no trouble at all with a very good tenant, albeit on Housing Benefit. The other 2, there was always a problem catching up with the rent arrears and to get them moved on was very costly.
Thanks in advance for your comments/assistance.
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