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The Truth Behind The Bedroom Tax

Letter to
The Guardian Newspaper Mark Thomas
IF A SIGNED TENANCY AGREEMENT IS“AS IS” WHEN A LANDLORD KNEW IT WAS UNDER-OCCUPIED, HOW CAN THE TENANT BE LIABLE FOR THE DISHONESTY OF LANDLORDS? & HOUSING BENEFITS WHO TURNED A BLIND EYE FOR OVER 30 YEARS?

The Truth Behind The Bedroom Tax

For over 30 years collaboration between Housing Benefits, Councils & Housing Associations has not been regulated properly by the Government, during that time misconduct, ineffectiveness, corporate greed & vested mutual interest has depleted our housing stock & diluted its effectiveness. Council Housing & Housing Associations have knowingly entered in to contracts with Tenants in under occupied properties & been allowed to make millions by the Housing Benefits who sanctified & paid them. To deflect from this incredulous fact & because of the mess our housing stock is currently in, the Bedroom Tax is being sold as a Benefit Shake-up!

Housing Benefit knowingly paid under-occupied rents & Landlords knowingly profited without warning the TENANT of any penalty!!
Most people receiving Housing Benefit are working or self employed & struggling already!

We need to ask these questions:

How many under-occupied properties do Housing Associations & Councils have & for how many years have they knowingly taken payment for under-occupancy?
How much money has been made by them over the last 30 years?
Why when those Tenant's properties were originally sanctioned by Associations & Councils, should they now incur a penalty? The contracts were agreed & signed on by all parties “As is” & a legally binding Agreement, as they still are.
The fault of under-occupancy & responsibility to manage housing stock properly is with the Associations & Councils, it is not the fault of the Tenant. Whether it is a 1st time Tenant, one who has swapped locally or Nationally. If the property wasn't appropriate for the Tenant they should not have been allowed it, period.
How in 30 years has not one of the thousands of Housing Benefit Staff not made the collation between the number of persons & bedrooms on a Housing Benefit Claims Form?
How has no one at a senior level flagged this flagrant incompetence & misuse of Tax Payer's money is incredulous!
No Tenant should be penalised when no stock is available (& made worse by the panic swapping) to move to & in an unworkable & physically impossible time frame, after all it took 30 years for the Government, Housing Benefits, Councils & Housing Associations to create such a mess!
A minimum 4 year role out to put in order the problem they profited from & to apply a Duty of Care to the Tenants they wrongly housed in the re-housing or downsizing process.
The Home-Swap site, which is at saturation point already, does not permit Tenants with debt to use it, so all those affected by Bedroom Tax are blocked from achieving what is being demanded of them & falling in to a further spiral of debt, debt caused by the last 30 years of total incompetence!
The Government, Housing Benefits, Councils & Housing Associations are all putting people in to impossible situations & unfair debt.
Which of the above will be reimbursing any upgrading Tenants have done in their current homes? Paying for refurbishment of the new property they have been forced in to? Paying for the moving costs?
Housing Providers must honour The Right to buy of any Tenants having to move & transfer percentages accrued at the old abode to the new property.

One size does not fit all! And the Localisation Act actually states this.

THE LAW “AS OF” INSTEAD OF “AS IS” CAN BE CHANGED FROM HEREIN BUT NOT INFORCED FOR THOSE KNOWINGLY RENTED UNDER-OCCUPIED PROPERTY!