Comment on: Chair of housing association resigns
Not all news items need comments and this surely is one. I think the largest HA is Sanctuary with 98000 properties some are even in London (she comments)
Pensioners are not included because there is no expectation that they should work- to pay their rent of shortfall . That is why they are not included. Which makes applying bedroom tax to households were dla high rate/ middle rate care is in payment is so unfair. Oftentgesd families are caring full time for a very ill person and again cannot be expected to take up paid work.
Comment on: Cosmo and Sanctuary strike historic deal
sanctuary are like the Borg ...resistance is futile.
What would be the definition of ' reasonable' though and whose definition of reasonable/suitable would it be? What about location and property condition? Why on earth would either landlords or tenants want to support this? Most RP's would leave people where they are. Would there be a timescale? It's a daft idea that I can see involving appeals and complaints and goodness knows what else.
Best solution is IF THEY MUST apply the tax at all is exempt anyone with a family member in receipt of DLA middle rate care or above ( or whatever the PIP equivalent is). That would still ensure larger family homes go to those who need them without disadvataging the disabled and vulnerable
Comment on: Landlord backs tenants' bedroom tax protest
At the risk of incurring the wrath of some of you, here goes. I work as a housing officer in the south east where we have enormous pressure on our waiting lists. We are visiting all our under occupiers to give them help and advice. Helping them apply for DHP, additional benefits to pay shortfall or debt advice to help with non priority debts. We have no one bedroom stock to move residents to. We use CBL and many landlords are ring fencing 1 & 2 properties so those affected by size criteria can't even find a property this route . It's grim and depressing. But here's the thing today I visited 5 properties where residents had 2 beds 'spare'. In three of the properties 'spare' rooms were just that - spare. Full of clutter in two cases and in one house they were being used for a needlework room for her and study for him. One of the other properties the couple needed their garden for therapeutic reasons. In the other the lady babysat her grandchildren one night a week. All very valid reasons BUT when I think of the families living with relatives, hopelessly over occupied with kids who can't study I can't help but sort of see where the government is coming from. Shoot me down fine. But larger houses should be for families .
Like it or not eventually as stock becomes available homes will be freed up for those who need them.
However the government MUST exclude families with a disabled member receiving middle rate care or above from this.
Please, could IH limit the length of some of the threads which are becoming increasingly 'ranty'. They often do not relate to the original question posed. I can't believe I'm the only reader who s
I am currently in social housing and have a property that I pay full rent on. I have viewed and am hopefully going to accept a property with the same landlord that is bigger
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Sorry spelling mistake should say passed!
Posted in: Housing association :( please help
The idea of an exchange is you move into the property take the tenancy on and the property as it is. The housing association would do any repairs they would have done in normal circumstances . Not extra repairs that might have been caused by previous tenants inability to look after their property. Did you know if you moved out you could be held responsible for rechargeable repairs as you took on that property?
However as previously stated your landlord has to do essential Heath and safety repairs. Your property should have had a gas check and an electrical check . Have you asked to see these? if you are having problems with sockets and boiler then these should not have paouts. Check these out. Check out what outstanding repairs were already listed - all these should be on your paperwork. Check your disclaimer what did you actually sign off on?
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What does your tenancy agreement say? This should state the bedrooms in your property. If your tenancy agreement says 2 bedroom property then you have a good case to argue.
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Please, could IH limit the length of some of the threads which are becoming increasingly 'ranty'. They often do not relate to the original question posed. I can't believe I'm the only reader who sighs when they see certain posters names and see rambling threads with loads of links.
Really who has the time to plough through them?
For us to help you on this site you may wish to post too much personal information. To do a 'trial calculation' for housing benefit purposes I would need to know your household details and full income details. You might prefer to try www.entitledto.com which is a very good website and straightforward to use.