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hi everyone,

Me and my parents were living over 5 years in a rented property.My Dad was getting DLA and my mum was getting Carer allowance,but her carer allowance stopped last month,because my Dad is diabetic 1 and he lost suddenly is memory (brain damage).At the moment,he is in care home.The nurse said to us,it could be permanently.My landlord took us to the court,because he wanted his property back.So he won the case and the bailiff evicted us last week.I went with my mum to the council and we registered homeless,but for housing association.We went last Tuesday,because we needed to see our caseworker,but she went on holiday and it will take two weeks,but someone from the desk assist us,because they told us straight we are not eligible for temporary accommodation,because I am 28 and needed have children and someone from our family must have a medical history,which has my dad but he is not with us.At the moment,Me and my mum sleeping on friends couch for 2 months .By the way,I am getting housing benefit and my friend want money for sleeping on the couch.My question is will the council find me somewhere like housing association and will the council pay me housing benefit to pay to my friend to sleep on the couch or do I need to ask him tenancy agreement ?

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Niros

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Tenant

Hello, 

To claim the housing benefit, you likely need to get a lodger’s agreement from your friend. 

But I can’t say for sure, so you must really ask the local council for concrete information. 

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