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Hi everyone - I wonder if anyone has any experience or knowledge of this scenario. I am a full time live in carer for a friend with severe mental impairment and have been in this position since October 2015.
My friend owns the house outright and I have been living here on a no rent basis since I moved in. I am on income related esa and carers allowance, have no savings and don’t work. I also get council tax benefit. I have taken up so much of my friend’s space as we try to give each other as much personal space as possible - so he’s changed his lounge into a bed sit for himself. It got us thinking that maybe he should start charging me rent under the rent a room scheme so we can afford to buy him a big shed in the garden for some of his belongings. Anyway, we were woundering if this would mean we are ‘taking advantage of the benefits scheme’ and we would therefore be refused..... Any ideas anyone....? Thanks
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