Quick sanity check required – bedroom tax and 2 joint tenants

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  • #45894
    anthony
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    So, this is two joint tenants, each on 50% liability, in a 2-bed council place.

    They both have a 14% reduction, right?

     

    (Maybe I should call this an insanity check?)

    #129230
    Jon__Blackwell
    Participant

    Erm, if it’s a two-bed dwelling and there’s two JTs then they’re not underoccupying (or have I misunderstood the question?)

    #129232
    anthony
    Participant

    No I think you understood the question. This is what our software (Academy) is doing in the circumstances.

    I’ll have to investigate further if you are sure.

    How would you input this to avoid any deduction, and on what software? It could get very messy if we manipulate the bedroom counts where there are uneven liabilities.

    #129234
    peterdelamothe
    Keymaster

    If they are joint-tenants and partners, then the under-occ rules will apply.

    #129238
    LouP
    Participant

    Academy requires you to manually override the bedroom requirement for JT claims such as this (assuming they are just JT and not partners).

    #129239
    anthony
    Participant

    Yes partners would makes sense, though in that case there would only be one claim, and we would treat the claimant as 100% liable.

    This is two brothers, both recorded as 50% liable, and the software is making the deduction. It might be an input issue, or a glitch, but if they should not have the deduction then I’ll raise a support call on it.

    #129244
    Jon__Blackwell
    Participant

    Peter: That’s a good point about JT’s possibly actually being couples (HB)

    I think Chris Dring pointed out at the last conference the potential for mis-match between landlord-speak and benefits-speak re “joint-tenants” in exactly this context.

    From a systems point of view, the behaviour LouP describes sounds like a poor choice for a default.

    #129247
    anthony
    Participant

    Thankfully we don’t have too many. I have raised a support-call. I’ll post back with the response.
    I know how it could be input to work, but not sure what is best for any with unequal apportionment and spare rooms…

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