The ‘bedroom tax’ applies only to people of working age. But it catches some people who would previously have received the state pension at 60. So for instance we have heard from a female tenant who is 59, turns 60 in November, but will not receive a state pension until 2015. We’ll call her Sheila. She was a single mum who has worked all her life but was made redundant early in 2011 and since then has had to claim benefits. Her financial plight is reflected in the fact that she had to get rid of her car because she could not afford to run it.
She is desperately keen to get a job but despite her best efforts she has been unable to get one. Like many people of her age she has suffered age discrimination in the job process.
“One in particular, a reception job, advised me that they very rarely employed people of my age to deal face to face with the general public. That was before we began the interview. Others have asked how I would cope working in ‘a young and dynamic environment’. I have also met other people who are in my age group and even slightly younger who are finding it impossible to get work because they also encounter age discrimination.”
Sheila says “I have lived in this house, which is my home, for 16 years. I have always paid my rent and had my house fully occupied until 2009 when my family left home.” Her son, his partner and her granddaughter lived with her but now have their own home.
So she is a single person in a 3 bedroom Council house. If she were a little older she would not face having her benefits cut – pensioners are excluded. She was born a little ‘too late’ being caught by the change in the state pension age for women. She considers herself “Too old to be employed but too young to be safeguarded from the bedroom tax and being classed as an OAP. Because this pension age has now changed I find myself in no mans land. ”
What does she have to live on? She is on income based job seekers allowance. With £71 a week she is supposed to pay household bills, eat and clothe herself. From next April she will have to pay the Council the 25% cut she will suffer in her Housing Benefit because she is “underoccupying” her home. “This has to be one of the most unjust laws ever created and I would like to think the court of human rights would agree,” she says.
Could she not ‘downsize’? Well, she has lived in her current house for 16 years. She has invested time and money in improving it and not surprisingly she considers it to be her home. She’s happy with the area she lives in. She feels it’s a decent place to live.
“Also now being on my own I feel safe as I know people, I can walk to the shops and my son’s home, if I needed to, is in walking distance. I walk my dog every night around 10-10.30pm and have no fear of being out at that time.”
She has been advised by the Council that she will have to put her name forward for an exchange or a transfer into a smaller property or she will have to pay the tax in April.
“I don’t want to be forced out of my home and it is feels awful to even attempt to begin looking. But I wonder what will happen to anyone who cannot find a smaller property and cannot find the extra money. Are we all to be evicted or prosecuted? The courts will be even busier and cost the council and council tax payer even more money.”
Even if Sheila asks for a move (she only ‘qualifies’ for a one bedroom property according to the ‘bedroom standard’) it might take years before she is offered one because she is one of 775 households which the Council estimates would have to move to a one bedroom property in order not to suffer a cut in their Housing Benefit. However, last year the Council only gave 104 one bedroom tenancies, so even if they did not give tenancies to people on the housing waiting list it could take the best part of eight years to move all the existing tenants who are deemed only to need one bedroom.
Given the shortage of accommodation of the ‘right size’ if Sheila was offered an alternative she might have to move away from the area that she is comfortable with, leaving her neighbours and friends, without knowing what life would be like in an area she didn’t know.
It might fundamentally alter (and potentially worsen) the quality of her life.
If she was offered a one bedroom flat, it would, of course, cost a lot of money to move since her furniture and other belongings would probably be too big for a one bedroom property.1 Of course, Sheila does not have the money to cover such expense.
Sheila will lose over £20 from her £71 because she has two “spare” bedrooms. She will also face losing more of this miserable sum that she is expected to live on. The government is scrapping Council Tax benefit in April 2013 replacing it with a grant to Councils which will cover only 90% of the bill. Councils will have to decide who qualifies for it. However, they will not be allowed to reduce support for “vulnerable” people and pensioners. The exclusion of pensioners will mean that claimants of working age will be hit especially hard, with 20-30% cuts expected. As Sheila and people like her are neither “vulnerable” nor pensioners, she will have to pay out more money from her already reduced job seekers allowance. So she and others will face a double blow.
“I find it sinister that the government is setting a law that reeks of age discrimination. Logically when you think about it they must be aware that the majority of people that will be affected will be in my age bracket. The older person whose family has grown up and moved on, the older person who is unemployed and experiences employment attitudes of being too old to be offered a job. We are a group of forgotten people in this country who seem to have no voice. Regarded as too old to work but too young to retire. How can any government expect the job market to adhere to age laws when it is introducing the bedroom tax law that targets the very people they say should not be discriminated against?”
“I feel so strongly about this not just for myself but for everyone else this is affecting and I am fearful of my future. People like myself are not scroungers and trying to survive on benefits is living hell.”
Sheila has considered taking in a lodger but currently she would lose money from her jobseekers allowance.
She represents one group of people who will be affected by the bedroom tax. We will look at examples of other groups in future articles. Suffice it to say that her example shows the callous and inhuman nature of the policy of the coalition government. When the Council tax cut kicks in she will face living on less than £50 a week. The rich, in contrast, will be facing tax cuts provided care of what Tory MP Nadine Dorries described as “arrogant rich boys who don’t know the price of milk”.
The bedroom tax is explained as a means of making ‘better use’ of the scarce social housing stock. It cannot work because there are too few homes for people in need of housing, and there are not enough homes of the ‘right’ size. Instead of penalising the poor for a shortage which is not their fault the government should facilitate a new Council house building programme to address the shortage of ‘social housing’.
1 We recently received an email from another tenant who said she had moved from a 3 bedroom house to a two bedroom flat. “This has been quite a large expense as nothing fitted from the house – carpets, curtains, decorating, restoring garden etc.”
I read that the DWP issued urgent new guidance to local authorities, which means that families will no longer face a reduction in housing benefit if their child is unable to share a bedroom because of their disability. What about adults who are unable to share a bedroom because of their disability?
I have been awarded the dhp as of this week, but on the letter it says i will only receive payment up until july, after that is says i have to apply again and be able to demonstrate that i have contacted the housing department regarding transferring to a more suitably sized property…
At least it will gie you a breathing space Henry. How many ‘suitably sized’ properties are there in your area? What’s your Council again?
I have no idea how many there is, i’m in the london borough of waltham forest so can’t imagine there are very many, i have no intention of moving either, i had no idea when i applied that i would have to agree with those terms, i’ve heard people are winning appeals against this tax on the grounds of health issues, if your sleep is affected for over three hours a night you are entitled to a spare room, there seems to be lots of legal challenges going on and hopefully a solution will follow for those who are desperate
on a lighter note
you will all love this, the tears were rolling down my face with laughter, reading this article. “enjoy”
Bedroom tax protestors hit councillors with ‘eviction notices’
Somethings not rite ! The coucials av always sed when kids boys n girls when get a certian age its not rite they share 1 bedroom they use to move familys in to bigger houses for that reason ! It shudt change now thats no guna b good for vunable kids woteva age they are , julie if i cud b downsized id gladly take it or gladly do a swap BUT if somebody is in any arrears (duno if all coucials are same tho) NOT A CHANCE of doing any kind of swap or move till the arrears is paid ,were i live iv bin checking FEW VERY FEW 1bed flats n same wiv bedsits lol im thinking of writing to the obbsman as i dont think i owe any arrears YET wen i ask them why n wen im ment owe ova £600 its bin that amount ova 4yrs .They av a great way of making it hard for me to undastand ,but agen wud that b worth doing ?
i think its jean im not expecting the tax-payer pay so i can av exta bedrooms iv bin in my home over 18yrs im in a 2 bedroom my son no longer lives with me I JUST WUD LIKE TO SAY id gladly downsize JUST A SMALL PROBLAM in oldham 1 bedflats n bedsits are few n hard to find as a few yrs ago all 1bedfats n bedsits were made in to very nice 3 & 4 & 5 bed massnets for large familys ! its a no win situation. not to mention iv spent n put alot in my house after aving 3leaks n a bad flood thank Q great picking cowboy subbys ,so for some its not that simple 2 downsize .its always people on benefits that nasty comments by evrybody wen most genuine claimers wud swap in a flash , n im disabled n i CAN SAY ID RATHER I WOZNT n work ,most normal people wud rather not claim.
Since 1996 I have lived in this 3 bed house. When I moved in it was owned by the council , who a year later approx 1997/8 sold it to London & Quadrant Housing association for £9000, yes nine thousand pounds.
In January 2005 I was fiven full permission in writing to take down the adjoining between the two small bedrooms. ( Both bedrooms were very very tiny). Therefore this house has been a 2 bedroomed house since 2005.
Due to the change in benefits I have asked if I have to pay the 25% or 14% as it is now a 2 bedroomed house since 2005.
Their answer is that I signed the tenancy agreement signed in 1996 for a 3 bedroomed house and that their ‘mortgage’ says it’s a 3 bedroomed house, so therefore I have to pay the 25%.
I have no choice but to pay it ( approx £200 a month). I shall just have to go hungry and live in poverty. But I rather that than live in a flat in a high rise block of flats and be in fear of others. It would be easier to pop my clogs as the saying goes, rather than living an emotional hell.
I would give up my house today, if I were offered a one bed place with a garden where I could live the end of my days in peace an quiet.
I have been sectioned 4 times dues to chronic emotional pressures and I am scared of ever showing my emotions again. I would be better off in the next world rather than the sadistic physical and emotional cruelty of what goes in in psychiatric hospitals.
The bedroom tax will cripple many people lives especially the physically disabled and the emotionally vulnerable people.
Rita, that is a terrible story, it needs to be picked up by a national newspaper to highlight the sheer lunacy of all this. It was clear from the very outset this bedroom tax would do nothing to solve the housing shortage, and it would only end up hitting the poorest and most vunerable in society.
Thanks Tommy, but in truth no one cares , and as for news papers I can assure you they they don’t care either. It seems people like me are not worth bothering about, and like I said it is better to hide ones own emotions alone in the dark of the night rather than show despair.
But just think…. I am lucky to have a roof over my head, even though my finances cripple me. However showing upset is not what the mentally vulneranable want to do, as psychiatric hospital doctors/staff simply think resolving a crisis is by pumping a person up with drugs. Their motto is ‘Lock Them Up, Drug Them Up, Label Them Up and Shut Them Up.’
Paying £200 towards my rent a month and going without food is easier than being drugged up to the hilt and living in a flat of despair just to please government.
Its a case of pay up Rita or shut up. But thanks again Tommy for your kind words. In truth it is the physically disabled who are the true ones to suffer from this bedroom tax. God help them as no one else will.
It’s all a bloody disgrace ….
Rita, I’d appeal this decision if you feel up to it. I would understand why you might not want to, but seek emotional support amongst friends and/or family.
The reason they want to designate it a 3 bed property is simply for money. They can charge a higher rent. I would point out to them they obtained the property at knock-down prices, that you have paid more than the original sum they paid (if this is the case) and that councils will accept the description given by the landlord, so if the re- assign it as 2 bed, then fro BT that is what it is.
It would probably help your case if you have any paperwork showing they gave permission to remove the wall.
You could also ask your local or county councillor for help and advice and perhaps ask the council to inspect the property and make a decision via that route.
At the end of the day, you need someone to help you with your case; the fact is it is physically a 2 bedroomed property, converted with the landlord’s permission.
Thanks Smiling Carcass, but in truth I simply cannot cope with any of it. I have other issues in my life are very emotionally difficult. I am not emotionally strong enough to stick up for myself or talk about the 25% anymore. I cannot fight over rent is just too much for me to cope with. I have already set up the direct debit for London & Quadrant for my rent. I live on my own and to be honest I just cannot cope with any more problems. I accept the fact I am better off than many as I have the joy of my grandchildren. So long as they are happy then that is all that matters.
I am tired and just cannot cope with stress anymore. I just do what I am told.
I won’t be commenting on this site any more but wish you all well and God bless. xx
So sorry to hear your circumstances and fully understand your inability to fight this injustice. I wish you were a friend or neighbour of mine, so I could offer some support and assistance. As it is, I wish you well; there are lots of us out here trying to fight this obscene demonization of those less fortunate and with luck, we’ll win for ourselves, our children and for you. xxx
Rita, I really feel for you. I suffer bipolar myself and I know any added stress can take someone over the edge. I really do hope you find the house that you deserve!
First suicide due to bedroom tax
People claiming full DLA (or PIP) and other disability related premiums can receive £200 a week more than people on job seekers allowance or basic Employment & Support Allowance. A friend of mine, who has mental health problems, is having to pay £20 a week bedroom tax from her basic ESA benefit of just over £100 and was refused any discretionary help with this. Her next door neighbour, who is physically disabled, receives £311 a week in benefits, yet requires less personal support than my friend, and has been awarded a discretionary payment towards the bedroom tax. Where is the fairness in this?
Maybe because a physical disability can be seen/proved.
‘Mental’ problems can be easily faked and cannot be proved.
It’s a shame that ‘some people’ abuse the mental disability claims, which makes it difficult for the genuine claims.
Mental health problems can definitely be proved….my son has mental health problems and it was established by a brain scan and the fact he had a breakdown and was in a psychiatric unit for 8 months before he was diagnosed…he has a severe mental health illness….but yes some people can ‘pretend’ to be depressed…this is a mild form of mental health illness.
So whoever receives DLA can get help?
Would like your advice please .
I am 49 yrs old and have several disabilities ,and have a 4 bedroom parlour adaptable home for my needs , i have no right to buy the property and i have 3 children living with me,,I have been told that i will have to pay the bedroom council tax due to the extra bedroom (Parlour ) I use this room as a rest room / healing room when my conditions are really bad and i can not always move about on the top level of my home where my bedroom is situated , question is do i still need to pay the bedroom tax if used in this way ?
Have you applied for a Discretionary Housing Payment Heather? You may qualify for one owing to your circumstances. Can I ask, how old are the children and what sex are they? This will affect the number of bedrooms you qualify for.
I just had my housing association call me to tell me my DHP has run out, they seem to be aggressively trying to get me to reapply for it, so i have to prove i’m going to downsize, they also kept reminding me that i am £3 in rent arrears(not my fault as online it says i’m in credit!), in the end i had to say “look! there’s no way i’m moving ok!?! i will just have to find the money!” as soon as they heard that, they put the phone down on me after insisting they only called to try to “help me”…i feel harassed and bullied yet they only trying to “help me”
And while all this is going on, what are the labour party up to: they intend to hold a summit to decide what action to take on members of the armed sevices being refused service in PUBS !!!!!!!!!! We are witnessing the death of the labour party.
ok, my DHP ran out, i did not re-apply for it, yet i have been awarded it again until april next year!!!! why? i did not want this because part of the DHP is that in order to get it you have to prove your looking to downsize! am i being conned!?! forced to apply for DHP and forced to look for alternative housing? i have written to my local citizens advice to see what they say…
i need some advice please, i applied for dhp for the first three months, it stopped, i didn’t reapply as this meant i had to prove i was looking to downsize, yet two months later they have decided to re-award me dhp!?! is this legal as i did not ask for it or re-apply for it…?
The whole system is corrupted. all the governement had to do was to introduced the policy to new Tennants and ask existing ones to exchange in favour of money freely and without any rule. If the government were serious they could have worked out how many sufferers and build the right homes for them in existing areas(using even green parks as one off) then force all those who have more rooms to move. that is what we call fair. I like to read the outcome of this draconian rule in a year’s time and see how many people died and how many were forced to move out and most of all how many new people managed to move in into this new empty homes>???? I bet you the result will be very shocking it will be less than 0.5% of benefit hence a failed policy.
I also am a concil tenant effected by this Bedroom Tax …. All my daughters have moved out and its just myself snd son in the house now its 3 bedroomed … I have 6 grandchildren whom like to stay with me quite regular so the small box room provides the ample space for a single bed its a tiny room but none the less a riom … I am 58 years old and have lived in my home for 23 years … My health is not what it used to be and i have osteo arthritis in both knees my back well is in a bit of a delapitated state and i wish i could work i only wish ….. I am awIting an appeal with the DHSS at yhe moment because i was not awarded the benefit i was on they stopped it i feel very deppressed and isolated at yhe moment and my 16 yr old son is suffering the backlash of it all . I was told by the council my only option is to move to a smaller place … This is hard very hard my son loves his home WHY do we have to suffer like this WHY ….. We are being firced to go through this at a very vunerable age in our lives people of my age we are caught between the pension age and below give or take a couple of years …. The goverment need to look at this more clearly its a traversty what is going on people commiting suicide cant cope or deal with change ….. EVERYBODY are not the same are money has been dropped down to not being sble to cope or eat properly because once we have paid are bills there is nothing left the increase because of the bedroom tax has left no allternative but to resort to not paying certain bills to survive hence we are now in a sittuation that we are accumalating depts of a massive scale there is going to be carnage and despair especially with our children they will turn to crime this is what is hsppening now crime will rise poverty will rise the country will suffer in the long run but its the British people that will bare the brunt of yhe politicians mistakes the country is in this state of ill tepsir because the goverment acted to late they let yhis country fall to its knees before they manned up and now here we are the people at the brink of dispair
Absolutely Johanna, I am in a similar situation, worked all my life, happily paid rent all my life until i lost my job, i have spent thousands on my home, why should i leave, i get on well with all my neighbours, It’s a tax on the poorest in society nomatter what the Gov say.
Johanna, hope this info will help you, it has just come to light
I think it is about-time the Royal family should vote on the bedroom tax
and say no to it and the government crooks should u turn on it
P.S Also when the politicians expenses scam four politicians got a sentence
but a lord with a duck pond got away with it .
I think there;s a law for one and another that is why I call them crooks.
I agree with you, they are crooks. At a time when decent people are struggling to make ends meet, you have Ian Duncan Smith charging his underpants and having expensive breakfasts on the peoples tab. What else are these (Insert appropriate slur here) good for nothing crooks charging for on the public’s purse? The bedroom levey is not helping to secure more homes but instead it is tearing peoples lives apart. I have had to cut down to 3 meals a week in order to pay this charge and come April next year my council will be charging 30% of my council tax bill. Yesterday whilst I was returning home, the lady behind me was telling her friend how the council had finally given her a home. She is single and was given a two bedroom home because there are no one bedroom homes available, so she has to pay the bedroom tax.
It’s about time this unjust levey was abolished once and for all.
I was relived to finally hear how the Labour party will repeal this tax, at least they are starting to listen to the people. These austerity measures are not working, instead they have made things worse for us all. Look up “Paradox of Thrift”.
You only just realised that?….there is more corruption at the top than anywhere else!….they are only ‘in it’ to line their own pockets and feather their own nests!…my father told me that back in the 60’s and I have lived to see the truth of it…divide and conquer is their motto don’t you know!….the top 10% of people in this country hold 90% of the wealth whilst the remaining 90% of the people have to get by on the remaining 10% of the ‘wealth’….and the gap between rich and poor ever widens….this is deliberate….the tories are only for the rich….they want all poor people gone because they are an embarrassment!…do you think they care for the common people?….get real!
I DON,T HAVE TO PAY BEDROOM TAX BUT SERVICE CHARGES ARE INCREASING IN THIS SO CALLED SHELTERED COMPLEX I WILL BE HOMELESS SOON 67 WIDOW WITH CANCER MAY AS WELL BE DEAD
This government are the most disgusting,evil vermin and their time WILL come!
WELL that bugs me im in oldham theres not thousands of bedsits or 1 bed flats as OLDHAM coucial re vamped half an area from bedsits TURNED in to 4 / 5 / 6 bed very nice flats surounded by gates evry1 needs a key or buzzed in lol im disabled im ment have Pain injections evry 3mths IM ABLE GET OUT YIPEE now i can av evry 6mths were im at a point they aint working iv bin court 2 times fighting eviction BUT as am in a 2bed house iv bin ere 19yr i raised a great kid ere , BUT IM SO DEPRESSED least if i woz a dog id b put sleep Iv not ad any gas since summer im not eating much its starting hurt my belly TOP TOP IT OF IV BIN FINED for my tv (BBC FATWODZ ID LIKE ALL IV PAID OVA THE YRS as they Big pay Outs sum is my money lol) i cudt even go see my great newphew i dont live near n cost i cant afford NOW MY FAMILY dont talk 2 me coz i didt managed get down its not easy thinking how do i explaine i cant pay a BUS FAIR ! FUNNY HOW WERE THAT BAD IN DEBT cameron the cock says BUT THEY GET A PAY RISE WEN DO THEY JOIN IN WIV THE PAYCUTS N JOBSCUT b honest any 1 that didt go that PM collage Make better PM
LETS HAVE IT RITE THE SIMPLETON MR CAMERON IS THAT LOAD’D IS COZ CAMERON SENIOR IS DADDY SCREWS N STUCK 2 FINGERS UP AT THE UK N AD IS CASH IN THEM SAFE HAVENS SO B A GENT MR CAMERON PAY UP THE BACK TAXS ? STOP THEM DAFT MP’S THAT KEEP SAYIN HOW THEY CUD LIVE ON WOT I GET DONT SAY IT SHOW ME IT IS AS EASY AS THE TWITS THINK they mite get sum hip hip harrays ! Theres 1 thing i fink jez kyle shud do is a benefit check on them kind AS THATS HOW WE ALL GET BRANDED they’d cut the debt by half
there is a shortage of one bedroom properties for pensioners in the uk…ive been stuck in a 3 bed house for over 4years ( since my husband died) because theres no where to move to…thankfully the bedroom tax doesnt affect me as i get a private pension from my late husband but if i didnt i would be in dire straits!!!!
I agree with all the comments here. What the government, and most other people, seem to forget is that social housing (council houses) weren’t intended for the unemployed. They were intended for hardworking families who didn’t have the income to afford to buy a house.
My parents moved into their council house over 50 years ago. My dad worked to pay the rent and bills. Both of my parents are now in the 80’s. My mum is currently in hospital and may have to go to a care home. If that happens should my dad have to leave his home for over 50 years just because he is a single person in a 3 bedroomcouncil house? The answer is NO. Just because he never managed to buy his own house he shouldn’t have any less rights that other pensioners who own their homes and live on their own in big houses. No-one is asking them to sell their homes and downsize.
If the government really want to free up council houses they should ask people who can afford to either buy their own home, or rent in the private sector, to move out of larger council houses. I have observed many people over the years who live in council houses, get better jobs, and stay in the council houses as the rents are cheap compared to the private sector. These people should be targetted as well.
As someone else said the answer is to build much more social housing for low income working people who will never be able to afford the over priced houses in the UK. I include myself in that group.
Good luck trying to persuade the wealthy MPs to actually help the worse off in this country!
My grandad lives in a two bedroom bungalow, but as others say there aren’t many 1beds on the for sale market, also what if 3adult people live in a 3bed home but are say mum, dad grandad,
This bedroom tax makes me so cross, was allocated my 2 bedroom bungalow in 2010 before accepting the bungalow which was to really help me, as being diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis leaving my dream job as a emergency nurse in Horton general hospital in Banbury Oxfordshire my partner had died in 2010 waged 47 with bowel cancer before accepting the bungalow i asked was it ok as I was on my own on benefits they ? informed me yes just in case one day I needed a carer one day they they hit me with £71.00 a month why I keep asking
Yes, i didn’t ask for my 2 bedroom flat in 1986, I was offered it, over the years I’ve paid well over £80,000 in rent, I would happily still be paying rent now, even though I could easily have bought the flat by now under Thatchers “right to buy” scheme. Successive governments have failed to build new homes for an increasing population, which has led to this crisis. But the Tories didn’t do their homework when they introduced this bedroom tax, there were never enough smaller properties even if people DID want to move, .. it’s a very pernicious tax which hits the poorest in society, and does little to alleviate the housing shortage.
I have only recently turned 18 in late October, my mum has been in hospital since June I had no help from social services, I was scared and didn’t know what to do so I suffered in silence . I am now 18 and have been told my mum is most likely going to die. Iv made enquiries and because it’s a two bedroom flat if my mum was to pass, I’d be moved on to a one Bedroom and have only a small reuduction in rent. Me and my mother have lived in our home for 16 years since I was 2 years old. We have two rescue dogs and they will expect me to lose my mother, my home, my dogs and have no money in order to be able to afford anything because I am an a level student. I don’t want to leave my home, is there anything I can do?
Maybe you can let the spare room out to another student. I assume your mother is receiving child benefit for you and other benefits,because you are in full time education which ‘qualifies’ for benefits.
If the council are not going to budge on their demonic ways,then I ‘would’ personally get a friend or student lodger in(but obs someone you can trust) ..
That way,you can keep all your doggies..This country is cruel to the very people it should be looking after an d this kind of treatment makes me very angry.
Fight for your rights..talk to charity’s,go see/email your MP..Email Russel Brand( :-D) …ANYTHING to make sure you keep YOUR home!!
TC care sweetie and sorry about your mum x
There is a right under the 1985 housing act for the right to succession- to inherit the tenancy.
“Succession rights when a council tenant dies:
The right for a tenancy to be passed on when a tenant dies is known as succession. A council tenancy can only be inherited once unless the tenancy agreement allows for more than one succession.
It’s important to check your tenancy agreement. Some allow for more than one succession.
Your right to inherit a council tenancy depends on your relationship with the person who died, what type of tenancy they had and when it started.
If you inherit a tenancy, it will be the same type of tenancy as that of the person who died. You will pay the same rent and have the same rights as they did. The council may ask you to provide evidence about who you are, your relationship with the person who died and how long you have lived with them.
Most council tenants have a secure tenancy. Ask the council’s housing office if you don’t know what type of tenancy it is.
The council can take action to evict you if you don’t have a right to inherit the tenancy and continue to live in the property after the death of the tenant.
Get advice if the council tells you it’s going to evict you following the death of a tenant. Use Shelter’s directory to find a face-to-face adviser in your area.
The rules for secure council tenants also apply to Housing Association tenants with a pre-1989 secure tenancy.”
Hope this is helpful.
Sorry to hear about your mum. You don’t mention if you are a joint tennant on the rent book or not? If you are on the rent book they can’t force you to downsize, if you can manage to pay the rent. If you are not on the rent book they can force you out and may rehouse you if they have a legal obligation to do so. If your name isn’t on the tenancy, agreement, were I you, I would try to get it added asap. I can’t advise on that though as I don’t know if it is even possible nowadays. Contact CAB and ask for their help and advice. Good luck for the future and your studies.
I’m not sure whether I am or not? I’m on the list as living here but not a joint tenant. It’s all very confusing to me and puts a big burden on my shoulders. Don’t understand how the Government think I’m a child a day before my 18th birthday and need help but the day after all of a sudden I’m an adult and don’t need any help at all. It’s disgraceful to say the least
Hi again. You are probably on the electoral roll at that address. if you are a joint tenant any letters or the rent book would have your name on it. You could speak to your local council housing department and ask them. I’m thinking you are probably not on the tenancy jointly with your mam. If you were you would have correspondence addressed to you both. Speak to CAB as a matter of urgency and ask for advice on becoming a joint tenant. Also, is your mam able to deal with adding you to the tenancy? If so, she could perhaps ask the council if you can be added. As for the 18 year old thing, unfortunately there is only black and white to these people. You are expected to gain life experience overnight when you hit that age. I don’t know how that works but trust me when I say ‘Officialdom’ will continue to make life hard whenever it can. Again, Good luck with it and get that advice. Please let me know how you get on.
I am registered partly blind and suffer from many mental health issues and I need help to get my life in order. If I don’t get help I want to just kill myself!, bedroom tax, council tax,rent arrears I can’t take much more as everyday I worry which then makes me sad then I cry I don’t eat don’t sleep and have no quality of life please help me
Susan where do you live?
I really think the government have lost their mind they are deliberately forcing people into abject poverty .They sit their an their moral thrones demanding more monies off the poorest groups whilst they sit pretty on their bid salaries it would do them good to have to live like this with no other means to live off .A lot of the people have been hard working people that have paid their taxes to this country for years and are getting kicked in the teeth for their loyalty.Also hitting women over 60 that no one will employ and have had their benefit cut in this barbaric way .They have worked all their life and now suffering from a massive stab in the back by this government .some of these woman have had their retirement date put up twice,how they can sleep at night is beyond me they haven’t even offered them ant recon pence at all.If they say anything about it they say well theirs food banks do they not realise how degrading it is to have to go to a place like this we ll it’s time they did and yet will put non working imigrents in million pound houses and apartment with everything they want including food -no charge this is spitting in the faces of people that have paid their wages from them being 15 year old out of their taxes these government people are totally selfish and I’m all right jack it is so wrong and evil what you are doing to us All I can say is by the time bedroom tax paid 50 left for gas elec water tv any travel and food an hygiene .You really need to practice what you preach also making people leave a home they have brought their families up in spent monies on to keep them nice Inc fences ect as council in wigan do not do rear ones ,this is a grosse dereliction of duty to people whom are suffering greatly they even can’t afford to keep warm it’s just to disgusting and you really need to live this life when people like you do nothing but knock British people more and more in the gutter and that includes are soldiers that are left sleeping on the streets whom you give no respect to
Im to pay …1 month full rent on my house as ive found a 1 bed bungalow ..my housing assosiatiom lhb has said ive got to give notice ..but riverside housing say ive got to move into bungalow in a week ..so ive git to move and somehow pay a months rent from my benefits as well as counsil tax …as well as keep myself and run my bungalow ..i was better off with bedroom l tax ….how can a social housing company do this ..
Is there a Law Centre or a Citizens Advice Bureau near you Ann?
I had to pay the tax even tho I was on pip. Just asking should i have been paying it as my step daughter was in university??