Sunday, 26 June 2016

GHA buys homes for tenants to avoid bedroom tax

Glasgow Housing Association is to buy 300 homes to allow people to avoid the government’s bedroom tax.

The 43,000-home landlord plans to spend £16 million on buying up one and two-bedroom flats on the open market. It says this will allow people affected by the bedroom tax, which penalises tenants on benefit deemed to have spare rooms, to downsize. The homes will only be let to people affected by the bedroom tax and will be for social rent.

Gordon Sloan, chair of GHA, said: ‘It is shocking in this day and age that some tenants are telling us they may have to go without food or heating to cover the shortfall in their benefits and keep a roof over their heads.’

GHA is also offering a package of £2,000 to affected tenants wanting to move to help them with moving costs and is also changing its allocation policy to give people hit by the tax more priority for smaller homes. 

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