Comment on: High-earning tenants forced to declare income
Something doesn't make much sense here.
If it's a secure tenancy, RSLs can currently monitor incomes and move people out of properties if they can show that it can be used better.
If it's an assured tenancy, I'm not sure you can legally increase rents outside the formula parameters of other assured tenancies based on personal circumstances.
Unless I've missed something, and if you can change assured tenancies then I think a £60k cap on household income for "social rent" is quite reasonable.
Comment on: Section 106 plans become law
This bill, by way of a back door, has introduced measures that will strip away what few rights emplyees have.
Despite being rejected several times, and several amendments suggested, the Government has ignored all these objections and forced through this bill with little coverage of the fact that employers will now be able to bribe employees with shares in return to giving up several basic rights, such as not being sacked unfaitly, being able to ask for flexible hours, training or education, it will also affect maternity leave and sick leave.
Comment on: Landlord sets up property market portal
One is just for shared ownership properties, the other is also for rentals as well.
I thought that's the case of the amount of grant money, which is why I was asking, because it then relied on the idea that HAs could come up with the £billions needed to build the properties to get that grant, and I don't think they could in this climate.
It would have still been far more beneficial for social housing if the Government used this pot to offer grants of £50k per home just to get a big construction drive, so I still agree with the sentiment of the message, I just think that the 175k homes figure is easy for ministers to bat away.
As much as I agree completely with the sentiment of the message, can I just ask how the 175k homes figure is reached. That works out at £20k per property built.
It's been pretty obvious from my contact with various councils and social landlords that when positions have become vacant they are not being replaced, as one measure of saving money, and that job
Can anyone advise how they calculate rents on properties where the parlour is included in the number of rooms?
For example, if we have a 3 bed parlour house, and the parlour can be used as
If I remember rightly, the average rent increase for council housing last year was about 6.3%, with several authorities increasing by over 7%.
This year the RPI is higher, and it looks to
Posted in: Council Tax liability - boatshare
I don't think being a boat makes any difference - unless you move away from your moorings :)
The question really rests on whether this counts as a HMO. This will depend on a number of questions, such as whether you each have separate agreements, do the bedrooms have external locks, how utility bills are shared, etc. It's worth contacting your local CAB office as they will probably have better information.
If it's definitely a HMO, I don't know of a clause that would make boats different, and the landlord is liable for the council tax bill. However, they can include costs for this in the rent (and if HB is claimed, this could be included - something you'd need to check with your local council).
If it's not classed as HMO then either tenants or landlord are liable, and this has to be agreed on.
Posted in: VAT in Service Charges
As far as I was aware in the past, the gross cost is usually passed on to tenants, especially when it comes to communal service charges.
Posted in: Uncharitable Charitable Housing Association
As much as I also find it distasteful that some people have been somewhat abusive on thsi thread, can we also have less of the demonising of people working in social housing?
There will always be bad apples out there, but in many years of working in this sector I've seen that the majority take their role as more than a job, and it's very common for housing offices to have employees bring in things that can be donated to tenants in need, as well as many volunteering their time outside work.
Posted in: Supported Housing Costs
The bedroom tax should not affect you with your housing benefit.
You mention service charges, but your heading says supporting housing. If it's simply service charges paid by HB, then you should be covered for the same amount you were covered before. If there's a supporting people grant involved, involving costs for careline and sheltered services, this may be affected by local changes to this fund, and your housing officer will be able to find out whether this is the case in your council.
Posted in: changes to supported housing costs
You will need to contact the RSL to find this information.
As mentioned in another thread, SP grants are no longer ringfenced for this purpose alone, and many authorities are raiding this pot to cover other costs.
In some cases the local authorities may agree to include certain service charges with the HB, in others the RSLs may just be trying their luck in hoping the HB will be paid.