Why would DSS want Council House?

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  • agent46
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    Originally posted by rajeshk4u View Post
    [edit] The subject lines should say: Why would DSS tenant want Council House?


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    I know it is difficult to believe, but some people actually want to live in a property which has an affordable rent. It is then worth their while getting a job rather than having rely on benefits to fund an cripplingly high rent (in terms of the proportion of the tenant's income spent on rent). Otherwise known as escaping the "poverty trap".

    Using London as an example:

    2 bed flat (private) - £270pw

    2 bed flat (council or housing association) - £90pw

    Unfortunately this plan often comes a cropper because the local authority frequently discharge their duty to house vulnerable homeless persons by sourcing property on the private rental market (often, ironically at higher than market rent). The tenant does manage to get themselves more housing points by being in temp accomodation, but it doesn't solve the immediate "affordability" problem.

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  • Kathryn
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    I am not sure it is right to say the council has a "duty to rehouse" if a tenant is evicted as a result of a section 21. A single person with no dependants who is not classed as "vunerable" stands little chance of re-housing. Even hostel places may be difficult to obtain.

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  • patcon
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    If you evict a tenant using the accelerated possesion procedure and Section 21 then the council will class the tenant as homeless and have a duty to rehouse regardless of why they were evicted. This is often used as it is convinient for landlords and a possession order is guaranteed.

    If you evict a tenant using Section 8 using grounds 8 and 10 onwards (except 16) for not payiing rent or being naughty then the council will class the tenant as intentionally homeless and not have a duty to rehouse, so the tenant will go on the waiting list the same as every one else. The council will assist them in finding somewhere to live. This process relies on the opinion of a judge to grant the possession order, except for grond 8 which is a mandatorty ground.

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  • karatepaul
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    Originally posted by rajeshk4u View Post
    [edit] The subject lines should say: Why would DSS tenant want Council House?


    I am confused, my father has a DSS tenant who is renting a 2 bed in good condition. She has been renting for several years, however over the past 2-3 years her attitude has changed e.g. rude, harsh.... my father believes she is doing this delibratly as she wants a Council House. And lots of petty complaints....

    Recently she asked my father to evict her! But my father refused, as it would cost £1000 in costs e.g. court, baillifs before the council will re-house her. My father said he could, if she paid these costs!.

    So my question is, if she has a nice flat, why does she want to get evicted? She might end up in a high-rise council flat? Or do they get all those fancy new homes!

    (I know some DSS tenants trash a property on purpose to get evicted!).
    HI there, most people want a council house as they are more secure for the future as the council rarely evict a tenant, also the rent , if the tenant is working tends to be a lot cheaper than the private sector.

    Some areas still give generous discounts to buy the property to council tenants after a period of living in the property so if she is looking to the future this may be the only way she can see to get on the property ladder.

    I dont know where you live but in the London area all she would end up with is a hostel for a while and then a high rise, if shes lucky, and these are no joke.

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by rajeshk4u View Post
    [edit] The subject lines should say: Why would DSS tenant want Council House?


    I am confused, my father has a DSS tenant who is renting a 2 bed in good condition. She has been renting for several years, however over the past 2-3 years her attitude has changed e.g. rude, harsh.... my father believes she is doing this delibratly as she wants a Council House. And lots of petty complaints....

    Recently she asked my father to evict her! But my father refused, as it would cost £1000 in costs e.g. court, baillifs before the council will re-house her. My father said he could, if she paid these costs!.

    So my question is, if she has a nice flat, why does she want to get evicted? She might end up in a high-rise council flat? Or do they get all those fancy new homes!

    (I know some DSS tenants trash a property on purpose to get evicted!).
    Has he tried asking her why?

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  • rajeshk4u
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    Why would DSS want Council House?

    [edit] The subject lines should say: Why would DSS tenant want Council House?


    I am confused, my father has a DSS tenant who is renting a 2 bed in good condition. She has been renting for several years, however over the past 2-3 years her attitude has changed e.g. rude, harsh.... my father believes she is doing this delibratly as she wants a Council House. And lots of petty complaints....

    Recently she asked my father to evict her! But my father refused, as it would cost £1000 in costs e.g. court, baillifs before the council will re-house her. My father said he could, if she paid these costs!.

    So my question is, if she has a nice flat, why does she want to get evicted? She might end up in a high-rise council flat? Or do they get all those fancy new homes!

    (I know some DSS tenants trash a property on purpose to get evicted!).

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