My client’s ex-husband (8 years separated) has recently come to stay in the spare room as he had become homeless. They have reported this to all the relevant benefit offices and there are no issues around LTAHAW. However, HB have treated him as a temporary ‘guest’ in the property and have refused to remove the bedroom tax from the claim. I’m assuming this is going to be a longer-term arrangement as he’s low priority for social housing and isn’t financially equipped to take on private tenancy at the moment.
Is this correct or is there any way he could be counted towards the property being fully occupied?