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I've lied to get a house

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harveyyspecter Sat 19-Nov-16 20:20:36

And now I'm up shit creek. Don't ask why I did it because I panicked and my mouth started moving before I engaged my brain.

I'm trying to rent a house but no one will accept that I'm on housing benefit and will be going to work next year when dd goes to nursery. So I had a viewing the other day and when they asked about work I said I'm going to work in January. This is partly true.

When she asked if I have a job to go to I said yes confused I have no idea why and now I'm in a mess!

I know I'm AIBU but help!!

PinkiePiesCupcakes Sat 19-Nov-16 20:23:22

So your not going to work next year? You're starting to look next year?

Seems like the sort of thing you'll either ha e to tell them or you'll get found out and evicted. If you end up evicted do you think that wikll help you get somewhere else or hinder getting somewhere else?

hollyatchristmas Sat 19-Nov-16 20:23:42

I don't think that you were being unreasonable

EveOnline2016 Sat 19-Nov-16 20:23:56

You need to phone up and say the job fell through.

If the LL insurance or mortgage found out about your lie it may mean possibly not paying out.

Princesspinkgirl Sat 19-Nov-16 20:24:39

You don't have to tell them because rent will be paid directly to you only issue is that they might ask for wage slips

DrQuinzel Sat 19-Nov-16 20:25:04

Do you have the option of getting a Christmas temp job or joining an agency for a couple of shifts somewhere?

lilyboleyn Sat 19-Nov-16 20:25:35

If you can keep up payments I reckon you'll be okay. if they question you say the job fell through or you changed your mind.
I assume you will be going to work at some point around then anyway.

AfroPuffs Sat 19-Nov-16 20:25:41

Well sometimes needs must tbh. Make sure you look andown get a job ASAP. No issue then...

unimagmative13 Sat 19-Nov-16 20:26:43

Is it only renting? I wouldn't worry! If you get the flat then great if you can pay the rent then great. Don't lie if eventually you won't be able to pay.

I bent the truth about my work for a mortgage, but I knew I could keep up the repayments. Bank didn't know that tho.

AtSea1979 Sat 19-Nov-16 20:27:49

Most Nursery's take DC from 6 weeks so why not get a job?

AfroPuffs Sat 19-Nov-16 20:28:23


gleam Sat 19-Nov-16 20:28:40

Well, unless you gave a date, the job could start at the end of January...

DeleteOrDecay Sat 19-Nov-16 20:30:02

I think as long as you keep up with payments you will be fine.

Allthewaves Sat 19-Nov-16 20:30:38

Say the job fell through

LBOCS2 Sat 19-Nov-16 20:31:12

Most Nursery's take DC from 6 weeks so why not get a job?

Because full time nursery care is in the region of £1000 a month. And lots of people, even working full time, can't support a household and pay nursery fees on one salary.

SheldonCRules Sat 19-Nov-16 20:31:38

You need to tell them the truth or very quickly find work. There's no reason you can't do either.

Lying could mean they are breaking the terms of their mortgage or their insurance may not pay out in the event of something awful happening.

w4nnabesahm Sat 19-Nov-16 20:32:26

how old is your DD? Why do you have to wait until next year till nursery? Could you start sooner?

Hissy Sat 19-Nov-16 20:32:32

They won't know there's any housing benefit.

They won't care as long as the rent is paid.

What if you went and rented a place without hb and then need to claim ?

How would they know?

Its unreasonable and potentially discriminatory.

Do what you gotta do. The next Person would...

ghostyslovesheets Sat 19-Nov-16 20:32:50

to be fair most of use go back to work after 10/12 months

RE childcare - as the OP appears to be a single parent - CTC pay up to 75% of childcare bills for lone parents

it's tough (working single mum of 3) but do able - I'd start looking asap

but I don't think you need worry about the lie

harveyyspecter Sat 19-Nov-16 20:33:46

I can afford the rent that's no problem whatsoever. And I'm 100% going to work next year, fingers crossed January if I can find somewhere in time. That's what I meant to say to the estate agent but it didn't happen. So now they're asking for references from an employer that doesn't exist blush

OnionKnight Sat 19-Nov-16 20:34:23

Most BTL mortgages do not accept HB, you could be putting the landlord up shit creek.

BlackHillsofDakota Sat 19-Nov-16 20:34:25

Have you moved in? Is it through an agent? Surely when they reference you and ask for proof of your job offer you will be found out.

w4nnabesahm Sat 19-Nov-16 20:34:46

Because full time nursery care is in the region of £1000 a month. And lots of people, even working full time, can't support a household and pay nursery fees on one salary.

if OP is on a low income, she will get get working tax credit if she works at least 16h and also the tax credits childcare element. Even on a minimum wage she will be better off than relying on benefits (I have done it - not speaking from hear say) .

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Sat 19-Nov-16 20:35:11

Well you've no references to give so it's no problem is it?

You can't move on without them

BlackHillsofDakota Sat 19-Nov-16 20:35:24

Ah cross posts, in that case you're probably going to fail referencing. Did you pay a holding deposit? You'll probably loose that too.

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