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The Housing Benefit Regulations 2006

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Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as not liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling

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9.—(1) A person who is liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling shall be treated as if he were not so liable where—

(a)the tenancy or other agreement pursuant to which he occupies the dwelling is not on a commercial basis;

(b)his liability under the agreement is to a person who also resides in the dwelling and who is a close relative of his or of his partner;

(c)his liability under the agreement is—

(i)to his former partner and is in respect of a dwelling which he and his former partner occupied before they ceased to be partners; or

(ii)to his partner’s former partner and is in respect of a dwelling which his partner and his partner’s former partner occupied before they ceased to be partners;

(d)he is responsible, or his partner is responsible, for a child of the person to whom he is liable under the agreement;

(e)subject to paragraph (3), his liability under the agreement is to a company or a trustee of a trust of which—

(i)he or his partner;

(ii)his or his partner’s close relative who resides with him; or

(iii)his or his partner’s former partner;

is, in the case of a company, a director or an employee, or, in the case of a trust, a trustee or a beneficiary;

(f)his liability under the agreement is to a trustee of a trust of which his or his partner’s child is a beneficiary;

(g)subject to paragraph (3), before the liability was created, he was a non-dependant of someone who resided, and continues to reside, in the dwelling;

(h)he previously owned, or his partner previously owned, the dwelling in respect of which the liability arises and less than five years have elapsed since he or, as the case may be, his partner, ceased to own the property, save that this sub-paragraph shall not apply where he satisfies the appropriate authority that he or his partner could not have continued to occupy that dwelling without relinquishing ownership;

(i)his occupation, or his partner’s occupation, of the dwelling is a condition of his or his partner’s employment by the landlord;

(j)he is a member of, and is wholly maintained (disregarding any liability he may have to make payments in respect of the dwelling he occupies as his home) by, a religious order;

(k)he is in residential accommodation;

(l)in a case to which the preceding sub-paragraphs do not apply, the appropriate authority is satisfied that the liability was created to take advantage of the housing benefit scheme established under Part 7 of the Act.

(2) In determining whether a tenancy or other agreement pursuant to which a person occupies a dwelling is not on a commercial basis regard shall be had inter alia to whether the terms upon which the person occupies the dwelling include terms which are not enforceable at law.

(3) Sub-paragraphs (e) and (g) of paragraph (1) shall not apply in a case where the person satisfies the appropriate authority that the liability was not intended to be a means of taking advantage of the housing benefit scheme.

(4) In this regulation “residential accommodation” means accommodation which is provided in—

(a)a care home; or

(b)an independent hospital.

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