Evening guys. I will need to register as self employed soon because of my busking work. Also, I'll be flat hunting from September (I should have enough saved for a deposit and month's rent then) and will need some proof of this to show landlords. In February, my tenancy ended after my landlord took back the flat for his own personal use, and I wasn't able to find another place within the month he had given me as notice! Luckily, a friend came to the rescue and said he would put me up for as long as I needed, and I've been staying at his place ever since. He claims disability/housing benefit but refuses to take any money from me, though I offered. My question is, if I was to register as self employed with HMRC, would they flag this with the housing benefit office? I don't claim any benefits myself, so there's no issue there, but I don't know if it's names or addresses they link, and I don't want to end up getting my friend in trouble! My second question is that once I have registered as self employed, and claiming expenses, how would they reimburse you? BACS or cheque? I've searched the web but can't find any answers to this, although plenty of info about what you can and can't claim for. Any insight gratefully received! TIA.