transfers and the new affordable rent policy
13/03/2012 7:42 pm
Hi I would like to ask for some advice on the following situation.
I am a tenant with a housing association and have a secure tenancy at £114 per week
I currently live in a first floor 3 bedroom flat and need to move to a ground floor flat as my wife is in a wheelchair,I have been resonable and said I would accept a 2 bedroom flat,I thought this would please the housing association as there are fewer 3 bedroom flats than there are 2 bedroom flats.
The housing association has offered me a suitable flat to view and I am second on the list,
The problem is they want me to change my tenancy to a 5 year one which will be reviewed at the end of the 5 years and they say the rent will be £280 per week, I work and don't claim benefits and I don't want to claim any benefits.
I think this sort of scenario will become more common as time passes,It seems that people who work are being discriminated against by the new affordable rent policy that has been introduced,I thougt the main reason for the policy was to cap the rent charged by private landlords not to price working people out of the social housing market..