“Ownership” Housing co-op

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    I have received a HB where the clmt has a license to occupy a property where he is a member of the Housing co-op that owns the property.

    The Co-op is registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965.

    The license agreement is for a room and shared accommodation for 6 months with a fee is £137 per week inclusive of bills. THe LOHA in this area for a room is £70 per week.

    Is he not entitled as he is a co-owner in which he is a member of the association?


    HBR 12(1)


    2 things come to mind, is this an LHA or HA[?] and I think eligibility for HB will depend on the agreement between the member and the Co-op. Has he just got nominal shares in the Co-op?

    John Boxall

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    Basically what happens is something like this

    The Co-op is a separate organisation that owns the property. Tenants are also members of the co-op, they take out a nominal £1 share in order to join. However that doesnt make them the owners of the freehold, and in most cases, even were the co-op to be wound up, the proceeds would not be returned to the members.

    So, they are eligible for HB

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