Large increase in the number of bedroom tax court cases
New research has found that the number of social landlords resorting to court action to deal with bedroom tax arrears has increased by over 50%.
Between June and December of last year 55% of councils and ALMOs, responding to a survey by the National Federation of ALMOS and others, had taken legal action against non-paying tenants as a result of the under-occupancy charge. In a previous survey published in June, the figure was just 2%, reports 24dash.
Within the research it was revealed that 16% of social landlords had been granted an eviction warrant for a total of 59 cases whilst 66% of respondents said they had served a Notice of Seeking Possession for arrears built up due to bedroom tax.
Commenting on the report NFA Policy Director, Chloe Fletcher, said: “The results of this survey indicate that three quarters of a year in – welfare reform is still adversely affecting both tenants and landlords. Housing organisations across the country have put a great deal of effort into reducing the impact of reforms such as the ‘bedroom tax’ and it is certain that without this support and assistance, the situation would be even more serious. The NFA believes that the under occupation penalty should be reformed, that making universal credit payments to landlords should be a ‘tenant choice’ and that more resources should be made available to give tenants financial support and advice.”
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