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    • poppasmurf_bewdley
    • By poppasmurf_bewdley 13th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
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    Housing Trust - Private or Social?
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    • 13th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
    Housing Trust - Private or Social? 13th Mar 17 at 12:47 PM
    A elderly friend of mine is about to move into a one bedroomed cottage belonging to a charitable trust.

    He is not a tenant - he's classed as a beneficiary of the Trust. He pays £60 a week as a contribution to the trust. He is not classed as a tenant. He is also responsible for all the bills - council tax, water and electricity.

    He also doesn't have to pay a TV licence even though he is just 70.

    So is this classed as social housing or private housing, and which way will it be treated. Housing Benefit or Housing Allowance? What will the difference be to him.

    And anyone know why he won't need a TV licence?

    Thanks in advance.

    EDIT*** I've just spoken to him in the light of comment below and the property is classed as an Almshouse.
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    • By _shel 13th Mar 17, 4:18 PM
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    If he hasn't got a tenancy agreement to show liability to pay rent he can't claim housing benefit.
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    • 13th Mar 17, 4:36 PM
    He's a beneficiary of the trust yet is paying a contribution to the trust? Beneficiarys don't usually contribute to their own fund...

    As above though, if he not liable for rent he won't get any housing benefit. Has he actually looked into this? You don't get HB for donating to charity which is how you're describing it but it sounds an odd set up
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    • By pmlindyloo 13th Mar 17, 5:28 PM
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    According to this:

    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/housing-benefit.aspx

    your friend is entitled to Housing benefit.

    He should make an application to the council for both HB and Council Tax reduction. They will tell him what evidence he needs to produce.
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    • By pmlindyloo 13th Mar 17, 5:34 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 5:34 PM
    Have a read of this:

    https://housing.ncha.org.uk/assets/_managed/cms/files/Almshouses/almshouse%20residents%20handbook.pdf

    It seems that some almshouses are run by housing associations and the one in the link pays for the TV licence for certain individuals.

    You need to have a look at the paperwork your friend has been given to find out about whether it is run by a HA and whether they pay for the TV licence.
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    • 13th Mar 17, 6:05 PM
    A elderly friend of mine is about to move into a one bedroomed cottage belonging to a charitable trust.

    He is not a tenant - he's classed as a beneficiary of the Trust. He pays £60 a week as a contribution to the trust. He is not classed as a tenant. He is also responsible for all the bills - council tax, water and electricity.

    He also doesn't have to pay a TV licence even though he is just 70.

    So is this classed as social housing or private housing, and which way will it be treated. Housing Benefit or Housing Allowance? What will the difference be to him.

    And anyone know why he won't need a TV licence?

    Thanks in advance.

    EDIT*** I've just spoken to him in the light of comment below and the property is classed as an Almshouse.
    Originally posted by poppasmurf_bewdley

    As the almshouse is run by a charity it is Social Housing

    A tenancy will have been drawn up so do claim for help

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