IDS Rachmann – the dangerous slum landlord of the bedroom tax

Spot the difference?

Private landlord in Darlington fined £32,000 for putting tenants lives at severe risk

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Note in the above:

EVERY SINGLE SPACE IN THE PROPERTY OTHER THAN THE KITCHEN OR BATHROOM WAS USED AS A BEDROOM….

Contrast that with what Iain Duncan Smith says about the bedroom tax and I quote directly from a DWP argument put into the Upper Tribunal which says:

a. the Government intended that all rooms that are capable of being used as a bedroom should be classified as such (see for instance DWP circular U6/2013);

The Government INTENDED THAT ALL ROOMS THAT ARE CAPABLE OF BEING USED AS A BEDROOM SHOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS SUCH….

Spot the difference reader? No me neither!!

IDS is Rachmann personified! Let’s squeeze as many tenants into as small a space as possible

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IDS and capable in the same sentence?  Apologies reader!!

 

 

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12 thoughts on “IDS Rachmann – the dangerous slum landlord of the bedroom tax

  1. Joe,
    I recently heard on a Radio 4 programme about a married couple who had decided to buy the council house they had lived in for around 35 years.
    The wife was working but the husband was on long-term sickness benefit.
    Their children were grown up, 2 at university and 1 now left home and working full time.
    The reason the husband gave for exercising the right-to-buy was the fact that government met £75,000 of the cost of buying the house but the main reason cited by the husband was his concern over the bedroom tax and how his future income would be affected.
    Therefore, the main reason they bought the house – and took it out of council stock – was concern over the bedroom tax.
    I assume from this story that bedroom tax does not apply to those buying homes on mortgages or who already own their own homes outright.
    Have you heard of this kind of reasoning before – and is it correct?

    1. The bedroom tax does incentivise the tenant to take up their right to buy. Just one of the (political) perversities of the policy.

      The bedroom tax does not apply to those who own their own homes or to those on a mortgage and that include shared ownership models of part buy part rent

  2. Hi Jo,

    I don’t think that those buying or owning a home should pay bedroom tax. However, I do think that the ‘Right to buy’ scheme should be only be exercised/used (Gov won’t get rid of it because of bad housing stock and sinking funds that have been well sunk) if tenants are in adequate housing when applying. People like the example you mention above, are precisely why we have a shortage of housing stock. They have lived and raised their children in a social housing property for 35years yet will not down size so that some family in need can do the same.
    If Social landlords exercised their right under the 1989 housing act whereby anyone under occupying a property should be rehoused to free up a property, we may have had reserved housing stock for future needs. Had the government insisted that SHL done this then many would not be faced with bedroom tax. Having said that, why would the government and local authorities insist when they can make money from the most vulnerable.
    Social landlords should be held accountable for what has happened as much as the government but alas social housing has removed social in favour of a corporate image. Just putting it out there!

    1. I’m not sure I get your point. mybooks321…………… WHY should a couple who have lived in their property for 35 years move?? (Downsize) They will have invested a lot of time and money in to that property You miss the point. There are NOT smaller properties to move to…. If they choose to buy their house, And, are able to do so, under the right to buy. That is their right to do so……… That’s NOT an option for the thousands who are on Benefits……..It go’s back to Thatcher. Giving the right to buy. But, NOT using that money to build more social housing. That’s WHY there is such a shortage. Particularly of smaller properties…….. It’s the most vulnerable and poorest, who have to claim Housing Benefit, that are suffering as a result.. They have NO choice, at alll!!!………………………………….

  3. One further update on the couple who exercised the right to buy their council home.
    The principal reason they bought the property was because it was located in a rural area (the previous tenant had been a local government worker) and the area was so quiet.
    Even listening on the radio, you could hear just how quiet it was both indoors and outdoors.
    The husband was concerned that his benefit entitlement at age 55 could become a problem because he and his wife wanted to stay in “their” quiet family home.
    They were able to get a 17 year mortgage and £75,000 government support.
    All during the programme both husband and wife said they had no complaints over the way they had been dealt with by the council, though occasional events would remind them that they were just tenants, such as painters and decorators turning up without notice.
    But it was the change to the bedroom tax that convinced them to buy “their” home.
    As said above, this effectively removes one more home from the social housing stock.
    The fact that these homes are sold with substantial discounts also – I believe – means that local council tax payers are having to shoulder the interest and repayment burden of the original borrowing costs for the social housing and the cost of the discount too.
    So – yet again – we see a government policy which courts popularity at others’ expense.
    The government “allows” the right to buy but it is not they who bear the cost but local councils and local council taxpayers. Neat trick – don’t you think?
    By removing more homes from social housing, the price levels of private housing stock are maintained – if not increased because of relative housing shortage – which is another reason why the Tories favour such a policy of a “property-owning democracy”.
    If you are not part of their “property-owning democracy” – it’s just too bad for you!
    Let’s face it: you wouldn’t be stupid enough to vote for them, anyway – would you?

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