I claim HB, ESA, PIP and CT benefit and want to have a lodger, paying £650 per month inc. bills or £7800 per annum. It's not my flat. The landlord is OK with me getting a lodger. Even with the lodger's contribution my share of the rent will be well in excess of the maximum rate of HB. So the way I see it, my entitlement to HB will not change. Neither will my ESA or PIP entitlement change. (The CT will because I'll lose my single occupancy discount, but never mind that, I don't need advice on it.) The landlord wants me to sublet to the lodger so that I will be solely responsible for paying the rent. BUT I think the council would count the lodger's rent as my income. And I suppose the DWP would too. How do I find out the implications? All my Googling only tells me about the 16k savings limit, which is not an issue. I realise that the logical solution is for the lodger to have a tenancy agreement with the landlord, in which case my rent would go down. But the landlord doesn't want the risk and hassle and paperwork of having 2 tenants rather than 1.