Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Shapps targets second home-owning tenants

Housing minister Grant Shapps is planning a crackdown on wealthy council tenants who own a second home.

In an interview with the Times newspaper on Saturday, Mr Shapps said it is ‘wrong’ that nearly 60,000 council tenants own another home.

‘It is all legal but morally it seems wrong when people are waiting desperately for just one home,’ he said.

The minister is planning to change rules that prevent local authorities from asking prospective tenants whether they own another home.

‘At the moment even if they do ask them and find out the truth, it would be illegal to do anything about it,’ he said.

The rule change to target home-owning tenants is the latest in a series of moves from Mr Shapps designed to make wealthy social tenants pay more.

Earlier in the year he suggested tenants who earn more than £100,000 could have to pay increased rents or face eviction.

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