I dont know I am pretty concerned about the OP being skint
It seems to be full of folk thinking the person has no choice but to not pay the rent or starve. This is possibly the case but WTF have they stayed there given they have family near by?
all those cynics who assume every one is ripping you off--- don't judge others by your own standards
WTF he is not paying, which is breach of contract, so whatever the reasons, genuine or otherwise, he is ripping him off as he gets money for the rent which he does not give to the landlord for almost a year.
If you cannot afford to pay the rent on a home you should not stay there in much the same way I cannot walk out the supermarket without paying for the trolley no matter how hard my current personal circumstances may be - I doubt an appeal to the human rights act would work in court
"our standards" odd phrase as if we have some sort of broken moral code when you are making excuses for non payment.
I have sympathy for the person renting but not to the extent you can turn a blind eye to 10 mths non payment when he got HB to pay it