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Housing advice needed - Page 2 - Carers UK Forum

Housing advice needed

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Penny I echo what others have said with regard to Housing Benefit - they wont get it as the house has been owned by a relation in the last 7 years. How will you be able to sell it if you need the money? You will immediately lose the rent income if they cannot pay. Can you really contemplate the thought of evicting your daughter?

In 2004, I had to buy my late father's house in order for him to pay off my mother as they were getting divorced. He was ill with a bladder tumour and threatened suicide if he had to move away from the area. The Sheltered Housing in the village waiting list was 2 years long I was told. I cashed in bonds losing out and it was part of my pension savings. In 2006, he still had not been offered a place or so he said. He could not get Housing Benefit so I got very little rent. We had the crash in 2008 and I told him I needed to sell the house so he had to move out. I had to threaten him with eviction and guess what? He immediately got Sheltered Housing over the road so had been lying, I was told that there was not a waiting list! But it made me feel very guilty and I lost out a lot financially. The deal was that I would let him stay in the house for 2 years and then as soon as he got the place over the road, I would sell the house or rent it out at a market rate. I do realise that your daughter is young but if she lives in a family owned house, I agree she will never be considered a priority. My father went around telling him that I was going to evict him and this caused a huge amount of stress, Please talk to the CAB or ideally a solicitor before even thinking about taking this step. ,
More bad news. A second small bungalow became vacant and we bid on it but it has been offered to someone else. It would have been perfect as it was just a 15 minute walk from us, handy for buses, GP and shops. It has a large garden and my daughter and her boyfriend would have been able to keep it nice as she is on a gardening course and he does part time gardening. No doubt they will give it to a disabled person or a very elderly person who will not be able to keep it nice.

I have contacted the Housing Association and the Council to ask why she is not getting offered a property considering she is in the Priority Band. Who can be more priority than someone already in the priority band? I await a reply.

She has been waiting over 4 years now.
I would start suggesting discrimination against younger disabled? If they prioritise elderly people freeing up houses, they will never get a place! That should not be one of the qualifying criteria though, it should be based on Needs only.
bowlingbun wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:53 pm
I would start suggesting discrimination against younger disabled? If they prioritise elderly people freeing up houses, they will never get a place! That should not be one of the qualifying criteria though, it should be based on Needs only.
Good thinking Bowlingbun ...you always come up trumps!

I have a friend who lives very close to this bungalow and she is going to keep me posted as to when and who moves in. I will then get on to the Council.
Thanks
Happy to help.
In my town you can look up the Housing policy, see how many points you have been allocated and where you are on the waiting list?

Can you do this in your area?

And ask what their house building policy is, legally they have to build so many council/social houses a year but no one seems to be achieving these targets?

Labour were planning a massive house building programme:-

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... r-the-many