If landlords are forced to move families to larger houses this means that the housing benefit bill will increase. Where the housing benefit cap comes into play, it means that landlords are forced to more tenants into properties for which they will be unable to pay the full rent. This means they will get into arrears and may end up loosing their home. Surely it is better to allow older children to share a bedroom than to set off on a path that may eventually cause the family even more problems.
We should remove laws that force social landlords to move large families to larger houses once their children reach a certain age. I am sure there are lots of home owners who are forced to have their children share a bedroom because they cannot afford to buy a bigger home. it seems unfair that social landlords are forced to move tenants to bigger homes or spend large sums of money on building extensions to aviod breaching overcrowding legislation.