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.