Monday, 09 December 2013
Posted by: Caroline Thorpe
Sidney Webb | 14/10/2010 1:41 pm
I support the idea of letting out a room, but may I venture that in the excitement the obvious has been missed.If the thousands of to be dispossesed tenants let out a room at the suggested £107 per week they will be exceeding the government's rate for benefit capping. If those let to are, as is likely, on a minimal wage, they will need to claim housing benefit (LHA) to cover the cost of the increased weekly rent for the room. This will therefore be a cost to the treasury not a saving. And that's assuming that the landlord agrees to the letting of the room in the first place.How about the revolutionary idea of capping rents so that people can afford them - and so not become a new tidal wave of homeless. Couple this with the astonishing idea of building more affordable homes and we could be onto a winner.I'm sure Jenny would agree that to work for a system whereby she is not needed (well not her personally but her organisation) is an admirable aim - looking to make the best out of the broken system that demands she is more needed than ever is self defeating (or is that fulfilling!)
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Melvin Bone | 14/10/2010 2:08 pm
How many people rent out a room but do not declare it...I know I have in the past. I suppose that makes me a non-dom type tax dodger though eh PSR?
Sidney Webb | 14/10/2010 2:12 pm
Only if you were renting the room out in a foreign country!Me too - frequently and sometimes for no charge. Whilst confessing, I also trade at Boot Sales and do not account the income.What rogues we are!
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