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But above the £20 a week, how much will you be taking from him for general expenses please?
I imagine it will be about £40 as I really want him to help me in the house with cleaning and looking after the garden.
Of course as you know you can only charge £20 a week without it affecting your benefits
Anything more than this then over the £20 50% will be counted as income
Assuming you give meals as well
But if he is making a contribution these also need to be declared
This is because normally a lodger pays rent for a room and that includes everything
If it does not include everything then the DWP may not consider the person as a lodger as they are contributing towards running expenses and this is normally what couples or people living together do
Therefore sadly you will have to declare the full amount to the DWP
Otherwise sadly if you are caught it could be considered benefit fraud as you have failed to declare a change in your circumstances
If you provide meals then 50% of that amount above the £20 will be disregarded, therefore £10 considered as income
I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Thanks for that. I am just keen to ensure I do not commit fraud.
Yes which is why if in doubt you should declare what you get
What will be the housing benefit implications?
If you get Housing Benefit (HB), the first £20 of weekly income from a lodger is ignored and won't affect your benefit. If meals are included, 50 per cent of anything over the £20 is also ignored.
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So If I charge £60 and include meals my ESA will reduce by £30 and my HB will assume £20 of income is that right. Thaanks for your help. My landliord has agreed to pay for your advice so don't worry I will pay.
If you charge £60 including meals then £40 is considered income less 50% for meals. So it is £20 is considered income.
Does that help?
Thanks Alex. I am now clear. I will get an agreement that makes it clear meals are included.
Yes please do so. Whatever you can do to minimise any loss
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