Last year I quit my job and spent a few months abroad . When I got back I found my job hadn't been kept and found myself signing on the dole and claiming housing benefit with the benefit being paid stright to the landlord landlord . I only claimed till the start of this year because my parents then bought my flat for me . I contacted the landlord and he said he'd contact the DSS and inform them of this Yesterday I got a letter from the council saying they'd overpaid me housing benefit to the tune of a couple of grand and that I have to pay it back . The thing is I never got to see a penny of the housing benefit land since it went straight to the landlord so what they doing writing to me ? . I'll phone up the council first thing on Monday to find out what's happening but can't contact the landlord because he seems to have disappeared The thing that's worrying me is that it's possible I've been scammed by the landlord and made sure I contacted the council a couple of months ago telling them of my changed circumstances . But surely if the benefit is being paid direct to the landlord then that's got nothing to do with me and I don't owe the council any repayments ? Anyone know what the legal situation is ?