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Empty Houses Because Of Bedroom Tax?

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Strange that.

Making people pay for what they consume - and only if its a small percentange of the cost - suddenly reduces demand.

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Evidently Liverpool is a utopia where noone is in need of a house they don't already have.

Or perhaps a story of normal turnover - with a few weeks between tenants - is being politicised and spun?

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The bedroom tax only makes sense where there is a housing shortage

Outside of the SE it's likely to cause needless market distortions

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The housing associations say they are coming up with ways to manage the problem though.

Alan Rogers, managing director of Cobalt Housing, said empty properties are being repaired to an even higher standard than before in a bid to attract new tenants.

Improving the quality of the product to attract customers at the price they want to achieve? That's an absolutely revolutionary concept.

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Improving the quality of the product to attract customers at the price they want to achieve? That's an absolutely revolutionary concept.

Sounds to me like the HA's are whinging 'cos they can't offload otherwise unlettable crud to HB tennants and are having to spend ££££££ doing them up.

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Why?

Cos they're only offered to people on benefits?

Is there no one in private rented housing who'd like to pay (probably less than they do now) to live in one?

Something's rotten if they can't work out how to fill these houses.

I guess if the whole point is to offer housing to people who can't afford market rents then opening it up to the private rented sector makes no sense. The bedroom tax was an off the cuff wheeze that no doubt sounded great around the number ten cabinet table but imploded on contact with the real world- like so many other Tory 'reforms'- Universal credit is another excellent example.

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Send pro single parents from London there, Liverpool gets the rent and all the long term benefits that some people think that these people produce.

The tax payer pays less rent and people who have to live in London get more housing - everyone is a winner!

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Send pro single parents from London there, Liverpool gets the rent and all the long term benefits that some people think that these people produce.

The tax payer pays less rent and people who have to live in London get more housing - everyone is a winner!

Sound thinking.

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Send pro single parents from London there, Liverpool gets the rent and all the long term benefits that some people think that these people produce.

The tax payer pays less rent and people who have to live in London get more housing - everyone is a winner!

Won't work- they couldn't afford the bedroom tax, which is why the houses are empty in the first place. Remind me again what this policy was supposed to achieve?

Oh yes- it was supposed to maximize the utility of social housing stock. :lol:

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