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Loophole means that some housing benefit claimants may not have to pay bedroom tax

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Housing benefit claimants who have been continuously living in their property since 1 January 1996 may still be entitled to the spare room subsidy, and therefore would not have to pay the controversial ‘bedroom tax’.  

The Department for Work and Pensions have issued a bulletin acknowledging that there is a loophole in the legislation.

If you answer ‘yes’ to the following criteria, Stephensons may be able to assist you to claim back the ‘bedroom tax’ you have already paid:

  • Have you lived in your property since before 1 January 1996? 
  • Have you had less than a 4 week break in your entitlement? for example, have you not been away from your property for more than 4 continuous weeks (other than any period where a fire, flood, explosion or natural catastrophe made the property uninhabitable)? 

Please note this is a non exhaustive list and if you have any queries, then please contact us for more information. 

Most appeals must be made before May 2014 so it is important that you contact us without delay.

Given the number of tenants who have experienced financial difficulties with this reform, Stephensons is able to assist you on a pro bono basis.

By Ngaryan Li, Pro Bono solicitor

You can contact us on 0333 344 4772