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A lesson from EastEnders

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Anyone who saw last night’s episode of EastEnders (and apparently there were 8.1million of us!) will have seen Dot Branning get into trouble over renting her home to a lodger without permission, and is now being investigated for housing benefit fraud.
Dot Branning is quizzed at Walford Council

As Cora Cross failed to pay the rent and unauthorised lodgers were staying under Dot’s roof, the council is seeking a full explanation of exactly what happened, and is threatening legal action.

If you’re thinking of taking in a lodger, or who have already done so, those scenes might have struck a worrying note with you. If you’re worried about how taking in a lodger might leave you open to issues with your local council, your mortgage lender or your insurance company, there’s a wealth of information on the SpareRoom website to help you. SpareRoom guides you through every aspect of taking in a lodger, and explains what your obligations are. You can also download a free copy of our Guide to Taking in a Lodger, which will get you off on the right foot.



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