Tag Archives: Bedroom Tax

Hands Off Our Homes Update – June 2014

Hands Off Our Homes is still fighting. We’re meeting monthly (details below) in Central Leeds, we’re still campaigning and giving advice and support. We anticipate more tenants needing this in upcoming months – we really can make a difference if we stick together and spread the message – keep calm, stay put, organise together.  Here’s […]

Hands off our Homes Update – 8th February

Hi all,  This is a packed update, there’s loads going on. The headline is that Scotland has effectively blocked the bedroom tax, only one tenant in Leeds has been evicted so far (and he’s fighting back) and there’s several ‘loopholes’ which you can use to challenge bedroom tax decisions. See below. HOWEVER, Leeds City Council […]

UPDATED: Two appeals you can try – all affected tenants please read

There are now TWO big ways to challenge a bedroom tax decision: 1) If you’ve been in housing benefit and the same property since 1996 2) If you’ve been using your ‘spare’ bedroom(s) for other purposes Please make sure you read through both of these. Template letters to appeal are at the bottom of the […]

UPDATED: Been in same house since 1996? You might be exempt from the bedroom tax

** We’ve made our advice on this a bit clearer to help tenants. Let us know if it works for you!** Have you been living at your present address since 1st January 1996 or before? Have you been claiming Housing Benefit continuously from this address throughout that time? Or have you claimed Housing Benefit continuously […]

Tenant in court is safe (for now) – but why is Leeds Council persecuting tenants?

  A good outcome – for now Around 20 people gathered outside Leeds County Court for 2 hours yesterday (28th Nov) morning while we waited for a Leeds woman affected by the bedroom tax to have a possession hearing (which could potentially lead to her eviction). In this case, the possession hearing was adjourned for […]

UPDATE: Demonstration, report and more!

26th Nov 2013  With apologies for delay but we have been busy! DEMO! This Thursday 28th November from 9.30 a.m, Leeds Combined Court Centre, Westgate Leeds City Council is seeking possession of a council property due to arrears of rent built up because of the bedroom tax! The tenant is in court on Thursday. We […]

Fight the bedroom tax in Little London/Woodhouse – October 17th, 7pm

Calling all affected bedroom tax tenants and allies in Little London and Woodhouse! – Need advice and support?– Find out how to be part of a city-wide and national fight against the bedroom tax– Tell others about your experiences – Plan actions – lobbying councillors, demonstrations and more! – Build support and solidarity in your […]

Letter: Leeds City Council must do more

Sir, I am grateful for you publicising the findings of our survey into the effects of the Bedroom Tax which is clearly creating feelings of pessimism and insecurity to tenants of social housing (YEP 1st October). Unfortunately for Cllr Gruen we are not simply wanting to bring the impact of welfare reform to the attention […]

SURVEY: How is the bedroom tax affecting you?

Are you a tenant in Leeds who has had your housing benefit cut as a result of the ‘bedroom tax’?  As the 6 month anniversary of the policy is coming up, and the United Nations are still taking evidence on housing in the UK, Hands Off Our Homes is collecting more stories from affected tenants. […]

Leeds City Council and ‘no evictions’; A wasted opportunity

On Wednesday 7th Sept, the UN Special Rapporteur for Housing, Raquel Rolnik, condemned the Bedroom Tax policy in the strongest terms. After hearing terrible stories of poverty and suffering from affected tenants, she strongly believes the UK may have violated rights to housing. The day before, Hands Off Our Homes sent an email to all […]