Monday, August 15, 2011

Non-English speaking family on benefits in Coventry move to West Hampstead

Family on benefits move into £2 million home

Taking advantage of housing benefit rules introduced by the last Labour Government, jobless Saeed Khaliif, 49, his wife Sayida and their children have been able to set up home in fashionable West Hampstead, an area beyond the reach of many well heeled house-hunters in the capital. The family, who had been living in a semi-detached house in Coventry, were able to move south and sign what is believed to be a £2,000 a week lease for the six bedroom property despite having no connection with their new area.

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13 thoughts on “Non-English speaking family on benefits in Coventry move to West Hampstead

  • I’ve simply never understood this ‘cos it totally ridiculous…its obviously true and perhaps the government should tackle it as part of a ‘level playing field’ policy along with prosecuting bankers who loosley lent almost £1 trillion to dubious people/ventures around the world.

    no back handers were taken of course

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  • “bought by the current owner in 2008 for £1,480,000”

    “estimated to be worth £2 million”

    yeah. Whatever.

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  • “In April the Government introduced a cap on housing benefit of £400 a week, but it is thought the Khaliif family moved before the change was introduced”

    -ergo, a bit of a non-story. Besides, I quite like the idea that HB claimants be mixed up with the “we’re so damn posh” crowd. I dont see segregation as the answer. Makes it difficult to favour one HB over another though

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  • Anything in order to prop up the London housing market.

    It’s where the big boyz invest, so more taxpayers money please.

    We get the poor to live in our houses while we live in theirs. lol

    Got to watch the X’s you see.

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  • 1. taffee said…its obviously true and perhaps the government should tackle it as part of a ‘level playing field’ policy along with prosecuting bankers who loosley lent almost £1 trillion to dubious people/ventures around the world.

    Taffee, did your alarm clock not work this morning? lol

    Ever tried sacking your boss.

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  • Has the Telegraph got nothing better to do that dredge up these non-stories?

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  • I thought the Daily Mail had a monopoly on these stories?

    Still a bit of moral outrage is good for stirring up the blood pressure.

    What beggars belief is the idea that neither speak English, yet the pull off a masterstroke like this. There has to be more to the story than this. Who put them up to it?

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  • hardly a non story

    we’ve just has riots from apparently dispossessed people in the uk whilst putting these people up for £2,000 per week….level playing field please

    how does this story make people repossessed feel?

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  • 6. taffee

    Not quiet a revolution yet, the wrong type of UK people involved.

    Don’t worry when the educated gather the new laws these hooded idiots have allowed will be well established.

    Going through right now I believe. Thanks Dave.

    Le Crunch, a UKIP voter.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Look on the bright side, if we had a 1% land value tax, the owner of said mansion would paying an extra £20,000 a year in tax 🙂

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  • “But critics claim the changes could lead to a mass exodus of families from the capital to the towns of the Home Counties where rents are slightly cheaper.”

    Slightly cheaper? What are they talking about?

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  • There’s probably a fair bit more to this story. If the guy doesn’t speak English, then he’s obviously been put up to this by somebody else. I suspect it was somebody connected to the property owner. Some canny BTL investor has realised there’s megabucks to be made from milking the housing benefit system, and he’s deliberately seeking out families like this one to live in his mansions. The Telegraph could have a trawl on Land Registry, find out the name of the property owner, and interview him about it. Journalism is easy.

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  • As far as I know the caps apply to all HB claimants including those who were in their current accommodation before the caps came into effect (this report gives the impression that those receiving HB for accommodation they’ve occupied for some time are exempted from the caps). I know a couple of live-alone claimants (both entirely dependent on state pensions) in modest private accommodation (about £600 pm rent) who say HB was £100 a month less than their rent before the caps and now the caps (or revaluations) have made it about £140 a month less.

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