A Reader writes …
Whilst searching for a flat that accepts Local Housing Allowance (LHA), I have noticed that if I accept a Caridon shoebox at Imperial Apartments, the council will pay them £723. Whereas if I find a flat elsewhere in Bristol I am only entitled to £695.
Caridon have even altered the prices advertised from £700 to £725, possibly to reflect this? Perhaps someone can enlighten me as to why?
Do councillors, Members of Parliament and Caridon directors all use the same pub and have itchy backs?
I will be interested in people’s thoughts. Especially if hey can explain this. Looks decidedly fishy to.
A Desperate Flat Hunter
I’m only guessing because my days of welfare rights advice were back in the 1990s. A time when despite the suffering imposed on us by Thatcher people were still stupid enough to vote for Major.
I learnt rent was broken down and bolt on bits added.
For example care taking, door entry system, t.v. ariel, or lifts, or a communal laundry – or somebody drives by in a uniform once every 24 hours then charges for security.
Or are Imperial Apartments catagorised as Sheltered Housing ?
In this way they bump up the rent and some of these ‘services’ maybe qualify for extra payment to the landlord even if its from L.H.A. But with an additional component e.g. a warden.
Then again maybe there’s something crooked going on, I don’t know.
Early morning queing at the Citizens Advice Beaurea ? If it still exists ? Although a Labour adminstration should support housing advise.
But then they’re training everyone to interact with everyone else via a keyboard and lit screen. If you find out let us know.