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  1. This topic was closed on 11 March 2019. If you have a problem which is similar to the issues raised in this topic, then please start a new thread and you will get help and support there. If you would like to post up some information which is relevant to this particular topic then please flag the issue up to the site team and the thread will be reopened. - Consumer Action Group
  2. This topic was closed on 10 March 2019. If you have a problem which is similar to the issues raised in this topic, then please start a new thread and you will get help and support there. If you would like to post up some information which is relevant to this particular topic then please flag the issue up to the site team and the thread will be reopened. - Consumer Action Group
  3. This topic was closed on 09 March 2019. If you have a problem which is similar to the issues raised in this topic, then please start a new thread and you will get help and support there. If you would like to post up some information which is relevant to this particular topic then please flag the issue up to the site team and the thread will be reopened. - Consumer Action Group
  4. Once again @outlawla you have my thanks for the very useful information. Do you (or can anyone else provide insight) if it is legal for me to submit an invoice to the local authority for my time spent on this matter? If so do they have to pay it? What would be the correct procedure to follow? Thanks again
  5. Once again @outlawla your information is incredibly useful. I need to build a case within the next 2 weeks and this will certainly help me to do it. so far I can pursue the following: 1) I believe the local authority is acting beyond its powers by reducing the Council Tax Support without public consultation. They also may be guilty of maladministration depending on how this decision was reached. 2) They have failed in their duty of care by reducing the Council Tax Support and taking people they know cannot aford to pay the bill to Magistrates Court. 3) They have abused their position and
  6. Thanks for the replies @citizenb and @outlawla Your reply has been incredible helpful @outlawla and has given me something very concrete to work with. Please do add more information if you come across anything. Thanks again
  7. Can someone please advise if it is normal for a Magistrates Court to make it a condition for someone who is fighting the Council Tax cuts and who has requested to be heard by a District Judge, they must supply a copy of their defence to the local authority and the Court 14 days before the hearing? The magistrate actually stated "we will not allow anyone to ambush the local authority with a legal argument, therefore you must present a defence to the court and the local authority 14 days prior to the hearing". When questioned about whether this puts the individual at a disadvantage the reply is
  8. As you correctly point out, rents in most HA 3 bed houses are often cheaper or the same as 1 Bed houses. In the Private sector they are often much more expensive. It follows then the cost of rehousing people and paying their "eligible" Housing Benefit for a 1 Bed or 2 bed property is likely to cost more than the property they currently occupy. The Bedroom tax is madness and will cause untold hardship, mental health problems, poverty and suffering for the hundreds of thousands of people who will be affected. It appears the Government have also changed the laws on Squatting in residential
  9. id6052 Thanks for your thoughts. I agree a lot would need to be thought through but much of what you pointed out could be sorted out with amendments to the tenancy agreement and a new contract. I have commented on each of your points in turn below: 1) it would make eviction process more difficult for non payers This is a valid point. Perhaps a clause in the contract mentioned above would solve this problem. Something for the lawyers to do 2) it would cause greater difficulties if tenant died, whereby a relative would inherit Again, a fair point and once again this could be a
  10. They may go for it purely for financial reasons. The Government has foisted the responsibility of defining a bedroom which then allows the Housing Benefits to be reduced. It is Housing Associations who will be faced with huge rent arrears on their balance sheets, the cost of evictions and legal fees then the impossible task of rehousing tenants in suitable properties which do not exist. Whilst I agree many have ceased to be the charitable and benevolent institutions they originally started out to be, they will want to limit the cost and the fallout to their finances. Uncollected rent wil
  11. After thinking about this I wonder if Housing Associations could set up a shared ownership scheme for existing tenants where the extra "rooms" could be purchased for a nominal sum (e.g. £100 per room) and sold back to the Housing Association when the tenancy ends. It could use existing legislation designed for Private Tenants to protect deposits. This would circumvent the Housing Benefit reforms because "shared ownership" is exempted under the welfare reforms and Housing Benefit cannot be reduced because technically the rooms are owned by the tenant. The big question is whether Hous
  12. When is a bedroom not a bedroom? Does putting a computer into a room make it an office? There is no actual statutory definition of what constitutes a bedroom so how can Housing Benefit be reduced based on the number of bedrooms a house has when a bedroom has not been defined legally? Is this enough to stop recovery action by a landlord whilst a legal definition of a bedroom is pursued? How long would it take to define and who would do it?
  13. To be fair she has a point. We do not know her personal circumstances - her family could come and stay for holidays etc. People who have been awarded houses have been assessed, gone on a waiting list, made multiple applications and then been awarded somewhere to live based on the assessment of their need. Many have waited years to get a property. To be forced to move out of your home simply because the Government has sold off the housing stock and not built more houses is unjust and immoral. It used to be a tenant was guaranteed a home for life and this formed the basis of a social contra
  14. Here is a very god blog post explaining the impact of the "stealth" Bedroom Tax on the poor and vulnerable http://hhgrahamjones.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/governments-appalling-decision-to.html True, there is a shortage of social housing but evicting people does not solve the problem. It simply moves one family at the expense of another. It makes the situation worse because there are not enough smaller properties to go around. The solution is to build more houses which would also create jobs and help kick start the economy.
  15. When the Government introduced a window tax people blocked up their windows. Will people block up their bedrooms in order to save their home?
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