Strategic advice & funding for housing, care & support providers

Contact us now to discuss your requirements

    A housing association in Kent has used its ‘unregistered’ status to secure bedroom tax refunds work over £500,000 for 788 of its tenants. Money Notes 2

    MHS Homes has used a loophole to persuade Medway Council to reverse the benefit cut imposed on tenants, reports Inside Housing.

    Through this loophole MHS were able to exempt its tenants from the bedroom tax because whilst it is a large scale voluntary transfer association, it is unusual as it’s not registered as a provider with the Homes and Communities Agency.

    Due to this LSVT status, its tenants were also exempt from local housing allowance restrictions. It is the only landlord in the country whose tenants are exempt from both bedroom tax and LHA limits.

    The refunds have totalled over £500,000 and were made to 788 tenants in may.

    MHS Homes was alerted to the exemption by Peter Barker, a housing benefits expert who trades under the name ‘HB Anorak’. Mr Barker hit the headlines last year when he identified a temporary loophole for tenants who had been claiming benefits since 1996. The loophole has since been closed.

    Ashley Hook, chief executive of MHS Homes, said: “We are grateful for the expertise of Mr Barker in helping us, this was a great case for [our] tenants.”

    What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions

    Image source: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/386434

    October 28, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

    Latest Briefing

    Introduction The National Statement of Expectations for Supported Housing (NSE) was finally published on 20 October 2020, five years after the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review suggested regulatory and oversight changes were needed, although in 2018 the government >>>

     

    Customer endorsement

    Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants

    Excellent. Very thorough and well delivered by Michael. Danny also opened a few new areas that we hadn't thought about relating to statute, again well delivered.

    S.H - Bespoke Supportive Tenancies

    Quick Contact