"Housing Allowance-different rate for static caravan"
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BA:BH Caseworker, CAB Pembroke Dock West Wales Member since 18th Mar 2006
Housing Allowance-different rate for static caravan Fri 15-Feb-08 10:55 PM
This query is for anyone in a Local Housing Allowance area. Claimant in two bedroom static caravan with tenancy agreement and Council Tax liability is paid at 'shared room' rate instead of normal '2 room' rate he would get if he was in a flat or house. Is this the norm in other areas? I have argued that being disabled, and no suitable housing in area, cl is disadvantaged in the housing market and now penalised by getting lower allowance. Would be interested to know if this was just local policy though. Carole.
benefit supervisor, borough council of wellingborough Member since 12th Sep 2007
RE: Housing Allowance-different rate for static caravan Sat 16-Feb-08 01:29 PM
Not in a local housing allowance area but having checked the pathfinder regs the rules are the same.
Caravans and mobile homes are excluded from LHA and should be treated as they were under the old rules. Unless the authority is saying that it should not be treated as a caravan or a mobile home (definition in Caravan Sites & Control & Development Act 1960. Sounds like its a local and incorrect policy and should be challenged
Thank you for the replies. I recognise that caravans are not subject to LHA but was hoping it may be different if caravan had a tenancy agreement was not on a site . I will now advise my client to make a claim for a Discretionary Housing Payment.