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“Tenants choose to stay and pay bedroom tax”; Really?

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First point, the survey was of landlords; we don’t know what questions they were asked.

Second point, there is no indication of how landlords have got their figures; are they based on the number of people who asked to downsize; did they survey their tenants; if so what questions did they ask?

With nowhere to move to, maybe people have given up on the idea of moving and decided to try to pay- hardly a choice!


Written by Smiling Carcass

28/03/2013 at 1:55 AM

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  1. I agree with your analysis. In the research done a few years ago trying to predict tenant behaviour if the bedroom tax was introduced the researchers found a majority would stay put, 52% admitted it would cause hardship. People will say to the landlord they’ll stay and pay the tax just so they don’t get flagged as an arrears risk. Even the 52% admitting hardship is probably a low figure: people don’t want to admit they’re struggling sometimes. So this is the same thing: tenants saying they’ll stay and pay doesn’t mean they can AFFORD to pay.


    28/03/2013 at 3:09 AM

    • Thanks, Sue. I don’t trust stastistics at the best of times.

      As Churchill said “Statistics are like a drunk with a lampost: used more for support than illumination.”

      Smiling Carcass

      28/03/2013 at 3:17 AM

  2. As a HA tenant, I received a phone call asking me about my personal circumstances, if I was concerned about the bedroom tax & if I was looking to move; when I asked if they had any suitable homes for me to downsize from my 1 & half bedroom flat into, the reply was, you’ve guessed it NO.

    Given this I assume most tenants experienced similar sweeping ‘survey’ calls/letters?


    28/03/2013 at 5:51 AM

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