Tag Archives: housing

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]