Albert Einstein said “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it”. The idea of social landlords reducing rents by reclassifying properties for those to be hit by the bedroom tax may seem absurd, but do the maths; think of the social and economic consequences for existing tenants and the areas they live in, and it becomes less absurd, and more of a rational response. In this article, an abridged version of which was first published in The Guardian, we examine the maths and the wider context for whether landlords should pass on the bedroom tax to under occupying tenants.
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