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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.

 

 

 

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