It’s six months now since the bedroom tax hit Scotland’s social housing tenants and as its full impact becomes clearer by the day, sadly, it’s living up to the worst of expectations.
It’s always good to get feedback on the work you do. Over the last week or so I’ve been reflecting on some of the less favourable comments made about us, specifically, criticism of some of our current work on probationary tenancies and letting agencies.
Six months is not a long time. It’s less than a football season; just longer than a school term and about as long as the gestation period for the largest type of bat. But under housing law it’s as long as you have security in your own home if you rent privately.
So you want to rent a flat? You’ve got money for your rent and your deposit all sorted (handily now to be protected under the new tenancy deposit scheme) but then they hit you with it… fees. A little word but one that anyone renting privately will know only too well.