Habinteg has submitted its view to the government’s consultation on its proposal that social housing tenants with a joint household income of £40,000 in London or £30,000 outside London should pay significantly higher rents.
The ‘Pay to Stay’ consultation document suggests these should be nearer market rents, which would be a huge increase in rent for a typical housing association property.
Habinteg opposes the proposal. We argue that the impact on disabled people will be particularly harsh: disabled tenants living in an accessible property may face hardship in order to pay much higher rents or end up losing an accessible property. We argue that the policy should not apply to disabled tenants and to those living in supported housing.
You can see the full consultation response here: http://www.habinteg.org.uk/responses