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megmeghere
megmeghere Community member Posts: 14 Listener
I’m so sorry if this isn’t the right area. I just found out I’m being made homeless soon so forgive any mistakes. 

Hi, my landlord is selling the home I’ve lived in with my son, 2 rescue cats and dog for around 8 years. There is no options around me and if push comes to shove I may have to move in with someone because I cannot abandon these animals, my mental health is incredibly vulnerable. 

They work 40 hours a week and earn £2000 a month. I. Checked entitled too and it said I was still entitled to my lcrwa, child benefit, housing benefit (£440) but that just doesn’t seem right to me. And I won’t know until I change it how it’ll affect me and I’m not sure how to go about that. 

The second question is, hypothetically if I was to ATTEMPT to buy this house off him however much he’s selling (I have no money btw) and have the same working person with me, would my benefits all stop completely ? 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,127 Disability Gamechanger
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    If your landlord issues you with a S21 to move out of the property then this doesn't mean you have to move out. It means they have issued you with the S21. First you need to make sure that it's valid. https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/eviction/section_21_eviction/how_to_check_a_section_21_notice_is_valid

    A landlord can't evict you, only a court can. It will take months for them to take you to court. I would advise you to get some expert advice from shelter. https://www.shelter.org.uk/

    To answer your question, if you move in with this person are they your partner? If they are not your partner then your UC, LCWRA element and child benefit will continue.

    For help with the rent, as you're claiming UC then you will only be claiming for help with the rent if you're living in either supported or temporary housing, otherwise it will be paid in with your UC known as housing element. Whether this will continue will depend on whether you have a liability to pay rent with the person you may move in with. 

    If they are your partner then you will need to report the changes to UC and you will need to claim as a couple. Whether there's any entitlement will depend on your joint circumstances. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • megmeghere
    megmeghere Community member Posts: 14 Listener
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    A partner is an option. But I feel like it would significantly lower what I get. Would the over change if I moved in with a working partner? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,127 Disability Gamechanger
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    The same rules will apply for the 2nd option. UC is a means tested benefit so if you live with a partner you'll need to claim as a couple. If they have savings/capital of more than £16,000 then you'll both be excluded from claiming. 

    A working partner doesn't mean there's no entitlement to UC. LCWRA is part of UC and it's not a benefit on its own. Child benefit won't be affected. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • megmeghere
    megmeghere Community member Posts: 14 Listener
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    I think I understand what you mean. Although it seems neither is an option for me affordability wise anyway but this has answered some things that I really just needed to not constantly question over and over so thank you 

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