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Homeless people in UK ‘denied social housing as risky tenants’  by Housing Assocs.

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Homeless people in UK ‘denied social housing as risky tenants’  



Housing associations have come under fire for routinely refusing to house homeless people nominated for empty social housing properties, on the grounds that welfare cuts make the poorest prospective tenants too much of a financial risk.

A number of local authorities are concerned attempts to tackle homelessness are being undermined because housing associations are turning down the poorest prospective tenants in favour of those in work and with stronger credit ratings.

Widespread evidence of tension over the issue between councils and their local social landlords – many of which are charities set up in the late 1960s to house homeless families – emerged in this year’s annual homelessness monitor, published by the charity Crisis....


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Sometimes councils and Housing Associations will let their available properties as 'sensitive let', thereby excluding tenants that may be problematic. This is how I got my council tenancy. Having said that, I don't think that my council landlord or local Has are too choosy about tenants. 

However, it must be pretty expensive and hard work setting up a new home from scratch if a tenant is homeless. Many also have addiction problems so offering them a newly refurbished flat isn't going to be the best course of action. 

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