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    I have been "gifted" a boat by my in laws. I used this boat as part exchange to buy a house. I got a buy to let mortage to top up what I needed to buy the house.

    My in laws are on benefits, can they claim for housing benefit (DSS) and pay me rent on the property if they were to live there.

    Would we breaking any laws???

  • #2
    Have a look on the Housing Benefit board, theres lots on there about 'contrived tenancies' and 'commercial tenancies'


    • #3
      The general gist is... if the landlord is a relative of the tenant then the Housing Benefit people will be extra-suspicious.

      If you give 'special terms' to your relatives, then HB will caust trouble. If you charge a normal commercial rent (and can prove it is charged and paid) then you have a chance. HB may still be a pain in the neck through!


      • #4
        What if we tell them the set up, will the benefits dept still contribute?


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