Exemptions likely for supported housing
- 17 Jul
It has been reported that the government are expected to waive rent rules for certain tenancies.
The government has said that supported housing is expected to be exempt from new rules that force social landlords to reduce rents by 1%, reports Inside Housing.
Many landlords expressed concern that rent cuts were likely to have a bigger impact on supported housing, as it is more expensive to run.
Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) officials have since told Inside Housing that they are likely to exempt specialised supported housing, temporary accommodation, student accommodation, residential care homes and nursing homes from the new rules.
Jean Templeton, chief executive of St Basils – which provides supported housing for homeless young people across the West Midlands – said: “Supported housing is more expensive to run – they have additional management costs, higher turnover, additional communal and shared facilities. We only have a 1% margin anyway and that 1% margin is also dependent on something like 13% charitable fundraising.”
A spokesperson for the DCLG said it is “confident that [housing associations] will be able to find and make efficiencies to accommodate this new settlement.”
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