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    Stricter financial tests for prospective social housing tenants have been introduced by housing associations and are leading to fears that poorer residents will find it harder to be housed.

    A snap poll by Inside Housing has found that a total of ten out of thirteen housing associations who manage 185,400 homes have taken on a tougher stance on potential tenants since 2010, and seven had brought in income checks for applicants.

    Reasons for the new rules include the affordable rent regime and welfare reforms, with landlords saying it’s bad for both tenants and landlords in they’re placed in accommodation they are not able to afford.

    Melanie Rees, head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing expressed concern over the findings and said social landlords needed to act collectively to accommodate the people in housing need.

    Ms Rees added: “[Applicants] are going to have to wait much longer for a home they need and they will spend longer in temporary accommodation if they are a homeless applicant.”

    Peter Fitzhenry, director of housing management at the Golden Gates Housing Trust, defended the practice, saying: “There’s no point setting somebody up to fail in their tenancy. The last thing we need is somebody taking a property and then failing and then abandoning the property.”

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    April 10, 2015 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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