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Spare bedroom cost

I don’t understand how the Department of Housing can target the older tenants with this spare bedroom charge.

I understand many people are in need of affordable housing.

But instead of targeting the older tenants why not weed out the tenants who are trouble makers or doing illegal things from their homes?

Why allocate these people cheap housing when they abuse this?

I also don’t understand, with the shortage of houses, that the Department of Housing sells off homes once it has been vacated by a tenant.

Admittedly, these homes are older-styles, but surely people in need don’t care how old their house is?

They’d just be grateful to get affordable housing.

Belinda Knoester, Tregear

Public tenants’ gripes

Public tenants moaning about having to downsize are selfish.

Is storing Mrs Palmer’s “stuff” more important than providing affordable accommodation to the many low-income earners on the long waiting list who are struggling to afford private rental?

Yes, the DoH should fix up all the vacant properties, but they should do so in addition to rehousing those with unused space.

If public tenants don’t like the policy then maybe they’d like it better in the private rental market?

Angela Smith, St Marys

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