I’m never keen on Big Brother style schemes offering incentives to people to inform on their neighbours. Why pay for something so many people are willing to do for nothing? But I don’t get Calico’s new scheme.
Essentially they’ll pay a small cash bonus to tenants who tell them a neighbour has abandoned. I guess they’re getting a lot of housing benefit overpayments reclaimed due to abandonment.
- An HB overpayment where the landlord isn’t aware of any change of circumstances should be recovered from the tenant.
- If you manage your stock fairly well unknown abandonments aren’t a huge problem in my experience.
- They’ll get a lot of reports of abandonment which they’re already aware of.
But fundamentally I think it damages the relationship between landlord and tenant. There are just better ways to do things than paying people to inform on their neighbours.