Versteegen, Audrey

Audrey Versteegen
1 April 2018Feature

Housing co-ops are being hit by new taxes

Kindling housing co-op members outside the front door of their house, Oxford. Photo: Kindling Housing Co-op

A new housing co-op for low-income activists in Oxford (one of the least affordable cities in the UK) is facing huge difficulties after being asked for an additional £50,000 in stamp duty by the tax authorities, under rules brought in in 2012 and 2014. Kindling, a member of the Radical Routes network of co-operatives, is believed to be the first housing co-op to be affected by…