Weekly rental for DHSS tenants

Too often private landlords are charging DHSS tenants (on benefits) the maximum allowable weekly rental (possibly £120 per week at present) irrespective of the actual market value of the premises, which is often less. This is an obvious cost to the taxpayer and could be addressed by Government officials checking the fair value of such premises.

 

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Too often private landlords are charging DHSS tenants (on benefits) the maximum allowable weekly rental (possibly £120 per week at present) irrespective of the actual market value of the premises, which is often less. This is an obvious cost to the taxpayer and could be addressed by Government officials checking the fair value of such premises.

by SamIOMGov on May 03, 2017 at 09:54AM

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  • Posted by ninjadispenser May 06, 2017 at 19:20

    You say'possibly' in your estimate?I would want to be sure about that before suggesting it and demonising private landlords is a bit of a blood sport these days.with the price of houses here,renting is the only option sometimes.Also,if there were better rules for means testing tenants of Council houses,the DHSS could put the higher earners out into the private sector and actually use the Public sector housing for what it was MEANT for,the needy,low income folks who need help and a roof over their head.
    I confess that some private landlords overcharge and I have seen some accommodation I would not house a farm animal in,let alone a person,but I am a private landlord in a small way and I can assure you,my tenants only have to call and I am there to deal with whatever problem they have.
    There is good and bad in all walks of life and I think we generalise too much.I think there should be private landlord legislation but what has been proposed recently is weighted heavily in favour of tenants and with no safeguards for the landlords! We are not all "rising damp" Rigsby types you know!
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