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Carers UK Forum • Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession - Page 2
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Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:54 am
by Chris From The Gulag
One avenue definately worth exploring ... Shelter.

In essence , a whole host of contacts ... some even on the fringe of legality ( As was the early Shelter ) , others with more than one foot in the door with the media sector.

AVOID anything connected with the tabloids ... their priority is to sell newspapers ... any " Old " story will suffice if they make it sensational enough ... Falklands War coverage a prime example ... as was the civil war for some , the Miners Strike coverage.

History , thankfully , has debunked most of those articles ... a different picture has emerged once those actually involved have now contributed facts to the published fiction.

Political avenues ? Again , avoid like the plague ... issues are used as weapons ... not necessarily for the benefit of the victims ( Grenfell Tower springs to mind ).

The Issue ... that's the priority ... and the key to anything that might follow.

How it I delivered ... equally important ... no matter how persuasive , it will fall flat on it's ... brains ... if the presentation is bad.

Recent example of exactly that posted under the Kinship Carers thread.

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:04 pm
by lambchop
Hi, I did contact Shelter but no joy. I will keep trying though - I won't just give in :)

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:12 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
Try any search engine ... HOUSING RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN LONDON ... a whole tombstone.

My previous warning stands ... use them ... not the other way round.

Perhaps even a case of who we know as opposed to what we know ?

Tread carefully , wolves are often dressed as sheep.

Strange how often I have to tell a Londoner that one ... was so in my time in the Smoke ... even in pre Roman times in some parts !

At a pinch , the LSE ( London School of Economics ) ... always high on the calling list should help be needed ... hopefully , the grandchildren of the 60's pioneers / Greenham Common are still around ... and listen to their grandparents ... occasionly ?

Shelter ?

Have you tried hq ?

https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help

Surprised that they cannot help or willing to provide a friendly legal contact ?

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:26 pm
by MrsAverage
lambchop wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:04 pm
Hi, I did contact Shelter but no joy. I will keep trying though - I won't just give in :)
Do you mean you couldn't get through, or that they couldn't help you?

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:29 pm
by lambchop
The shelter helpline said I could only get discretionary succession if I was on the tenancy agreement (which I am not) and that I could be given 28 days to quit. Actually they initially said the helpline is an emergency one - meant for those actually homeless. But they were very nice and did try and help me. They didn't give me any other avenues to try.

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:35 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
Sounds as if your problems now reside outside of CarerLand.

A job / home being the main priorities ... eating on what's left in the pocket.

In that respect , you're in the driving seat ... on the ground ... can see what opportunities are around.

Needless to say , when that moment comes ... and home is no longer home ... both Shelter and your LA come into play.

Keep us appraised ... you never know when someone may have an answer.

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:07 pm
by lambchop
Thank you for all your efforts to help - I will certainly keep you appraised.

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:56 pm
by Lesley_180312
Hi there, my mum died in August last year, living in a council property for almost 30 years along with my brother, he applied for succession and after what was a difficult process he won the succession, today the guy that dealt with the succession has emailed my brother to say that the succession is now in its 7th month and that they are asking for the property back as its too big for my brothers needs. We are at our wits end with what is going on, my brother suffers with depression and is suffering as a consequence of this. The guy who is dealing with it is coming to see my brother tomorrow to speak with him.
Can they do this if they have already told him he could stay? The estate he lives on there are at least 6-7 other tenants in 3 bed houses under single occupancy.
He feels like he is being singled out.
Any advice would very much appreciated.

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:37 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
Hi Lesley ... as recommended to the original author of this thread , specialist advice is needed ... Shelter :

https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help

What a HA can and cannot do will be spelt out in the Tenancy Agreement which your brother would have signed.

Did he take legal advice before signing ?

Has he fulfill all obligations and conditions of the Tenancy Agreement ?

Is he in breach of any terms and conditions ?

Bedroom tax come into play ?

Shelter will need to know the answers to these questions and a few others before advising your brother as to his legal position.

I trust that your brother will have a legal representative with him when meeting with the HA ?

If not , it may be in his best interests to postpone the meeting in order to seek advice from Shelter beforehand ?

Re: Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:14 pm
by Bella_2008
Hi I am new here on this forum.
I read few sad stories and I thought that I will try to prevent any sad situations. Can someone tell me what happens in the situation when parent bought a council flat and wants to pass it to a child. Can we give our council leasehold properties as gifts to our children so they not had to rent it or purchase new one. I am aware that in the event of selling the property we have to sell it back to council as they came the right to take it back, however is there any procedure for passing/swapping the owner of the property?

Please advise, I don't want to live my child with nothing.