Increase Public Housing Rents for higher earners

It is widely apparent that some of the tenants occupying properties owned by Local Authorities are earning well in excess of the maximum required in order to qualify for Public Sector Housing.

The limit of earnings in order to be considered for a property is around £40,000 (with 3 dependant children), going down to around £33,000 p/a.

There are tenants who reside in these properties whose saleries exceed this. If they were to apply for housing now, they would not be eligable for a property.

My idea would be to assess those tenants incomes and increase their rent in proportion with the salary they earn, jointly or otherwise.


Why the contribution is important

The whole idea of social housing is to aid those families who have low incomes and would not normally be able to afford higher rents.

This idea would bring in extra income and also may discourage those higher earning families from renting these properties, leaving them for the struggling families who really need them.

by Concernedcitizen on May 04, 2017 at 01:17PM

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  • Posted by ninjadispenser May 06, 2017 at 18:00

    The point is,they earn too much to qualify for the housing any longer.I paid private sector rent,then a mortgage and earned much less than £40,000 ! Publis sector housing SHOULD be temporary,not for life as it was originally to help those on low incomes.When that is no longer the case,MOVE OUT and allow someone who does meet the criteria have the house,not just increase the rent as that defeats the purpose of Public sector housing!
    Means testing is the only answer and the threshold should be a lot lower than 40 grand.
    Let's face facts,a lot of eligibility rest on if you have kids or not and if you make a lot of noise about your 'rights' instead of taking your responsibilities more seriously and paying what you can really afford in the private sector rent market.
    I think we should have low rent housing for those in need of it,but it makes my blood boil when I see this abused and the Governments apathy in addressing this issue.
  • Posted by mike_c_b May 09, 2017 at 21:09

    I agree that people who are no longer eligible should at least have their rent increased. This would encourage them to move into their own accommodation. There is no reason on earth why those struggling to find a house, who may be earning less than £40k, should subsidise people on £80k or more.
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