Bedroom Tax affecting private landlords?!!!Make Text Bigger
As everyone knows bedroom tax is not tax, but the above is a handy way to refer to it.
Earlier this year I received a simple very clear brief about this, written by the chief housing officer of Purbeck District Council.. The essential features of the measure are:
- It only applies to people of working age.
- It only applies to people who are receiving Housing Benefit/Local Housing Allowance or whatever else it may be being called to pay their rent.
- It only applies to those living in social housing, i.e. Council Housing, housing provided by a Housing Association, or by some other Registered Social Landlord.
- It is concerned with “spare” bedrooms. Thus for example a household of one or two parents and one child is considered to need a 2-bedroom dwelling. If this family is living in a 3-bedroom dwelling it has a “spare” bedroom. The benefit paid will be reduced by, I think, 14%. The same principle applies to smaller families, larger houses, etc.
The purpose of this measure is to free up publicly funded accommodation which is under occupied for households who need larger dwellings, as we all know.
In the light of this I have been surprised to read and hear of private landlords whose tenants are having their benefit payments reduced, essentially on the grounds of under occupation. Now it is happening to me!
This has prompted me to contact the local councillor who is Chairman of Housing at our local council who in turn asked the chief housing officer whether the rules had changed since early in the year. The answer is that they have not. They remain as outlined above.
What is going on?
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