Just for completeness this will also remove the availability of 3 and 4 bed houses for families too as they will be used for single people in shared accommodation. That must happen as it equates to a 57% pay increase for PSLs and they will see that readily. What impact this will have on availability and cost pressures is another matter. PSLs will convert more and more 4bed properties and even 3 bed properties into shared houses.
I would also imagine it leads to a much longer processing cost for HB too with 4 claim all coming from same address which their records will show was previously one. This again increases the admin cost and shows that Shapps et all are so misguided in believing LHA costs will decrease when in fact they will increase.
Given the readily avaiable demand for shared housing this will create and the number of applicants steadily rising PSLs will also be asking for 4 deposits rather than 1 deposit. With a steady stream of applicants PSLs may also evict more and lead to increasing homeless cost
In summary this bizarre decision hammers the public purse and shows that in economic terms this administration doesnt have a clue