Some council tenants are being asked to give their landlord four weeks notice of when they might die.You know, if they can reliably do that, they probably aren’t going to be living in council accommodation in the first place, are they?
The ruling has sickened families who have been left to pay the rent charged to their relatives after their deaths.
But Charnwood Borough Council in Leicestershire said the only way the charges could be avoided was if the tenant notified officials of being a month away from death's door.
Jim Seaton, of Ibstock, Leicestershire, was sent a rent bill 18 days after his stepfather, Raymond Smith, died aged 80.A perfect little vignette of modern Britain, isn’t it? Someone’s set a rule that cannot possibly be followed, and all employees dutifully carry it out, denying that it’s an impossible task when called on it.
'I asked the council, “How does a dead man give one month's notice?' But they told me, “Sorry, rules are rules.”'
Cllr David Slater, lead member for housing, said he would do 'everything in his power' to overturn the 'absolutely ludicrous' and 'distasteful' policy.Which probably means ‘not much’ because an outfit that can get away with setting this kind of policy in the first place doesn’t seem to amenable to reason, does it? Or morality.
After all, they clearly aren’t even worried about bad publicity:
However, Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing, which deals with the contract, insisted the notice period was needed to maintain income and to ensure properties were re-let quickly.It’s all about money…