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    Default Homeless after enforcement notice from council

    Can anyone with the correct answer please help me as I feel the council are ignoring me as my case may reopen a mistake they made and got away with a year ago.

    After the council made a mistake handling my case they referred me to a place called New Day housing who help those the council find not In priority for emergency housing.
    Harrow council guaranteed they were professional and housed many tenants without complaints.

    New Day with the consent of Harrow council placed me in a property in private sector and a landlady that knew the agent personally for 8 years.
    The conflicts of interest were clear to see. I had to take the place a studio flat in a house that had been converted to 6 studios flats. I
    took the place as it was the only one offered by New Day and I was homeless that day.

    A lady named Diana did all the paperwork and assured us that she would be there if we had any problems.
    All 6 of us had just moved in within a month of each other and all refered by Harrow council.
    I came to find out that Diana had never been to the property and did not even know that each studio needed it's own EPC.

    I complained about the poor building work and unsafe electrical wiring for 5 months to both Diana and Harrow council but nothing was done.
    I then complained to Brent council and 3 months later they issued an enforcement notice for the place to be shut down as it had numerous violations including no planing permission or HMO license. Yet Harrow council guaranteed me that Newday were a professional association who would have made sure the place was safe and legal before placing anyone.

    I sent the enforcement notice to Harrow council because they had duty of care that they said they no longer had 14 days after I had lived in the property.
    The person who had handled my complaint when I was found not in priority a year before emailed me giving me the name of a housing officer who will help me
    I emailed her and she replied saying she was not my housing officer I should call Harrow housing advice.

    14 days later I became homeless and I went to Harrow council after calling and emailing got me nowhere and I was made to fill a locata form and simply told it's not their problem.
    A month later the housing officer called saying she was away on vacation and gave me an appointment to go see her.

    Instead of addressing the enforcement notice and the reason I was there asking to be housed temporary while I looked for a place that took housing benefit, she brought up the initial reason from a year ago asking me for all my medical evidence.

    I said I'm not there for medical people's and she said they only help if I was found in priority from A medical condition.
    I have now been homeless 5 months and Harrow council and New day say it is not their problem and the help that I never got will never come.

    I am asking if anyone can tell me if I have a case against Harrow or New Day.

    Thank you

    PGN

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    Default Re: Homeless after enforcement notice from council

    probably but you have to follow procedure and that will involve writing to the head of the housing dept,
    then after that the CE of the council and then finally to the local govt Ombudsmanicon.

    What do you hope to get out of this?
    A sorry and 100 is easy but that doesnt house you.

    What do organisations like shelter say?

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    Default Re: Homeless after enforcement notice from council

    Thank you for replying.

    When I SENT the enforcement notice to Harrow all I wanted was help finding a place to rent even in the private sector because they have landlords or know of place that take housing benefit. But they only insisted on checking to see if i was medically a priority as that is the only way they would give me temporary accommodation.
    No mention of the enforcement notice they even changed the case number.

    Then my illness from May 2017 came back MSSA PVL and I had blood in urine and was admired to hospital for 7 days.
    On release 5 doctors from different departments had written letters to council saying my illness was caused by being outside and I have to take daily bath in antibacterial solution and have sores cleaned and dressed every 2nd day I needed to be housed.

    Just like in May 2017 I submitted to the council and 7 days later email came saying she passing them on to medical department to examine.
    From what I had been told was when they did that they should have put me in temporary place.
    2 weeks later no reply I emailed to complain and next day I was told I am not priority no help.
    That was last week and since then not a word.
    I'm not even on locata anymore.

    I think they blacklisted me cos I complained in 2017.
    I have not spoke to shelter or cab cos can never get through.
    I just contacted [name removed - HB] solicitor a month ago and no one getting back to me.

    What I now want is to be housed and if I was mistreated since may 2017 I need to the council to investigate as there may be others that have not be patient enough to follow through as I have.

    Even sleeping in the park I will not let this go unless I have no case.

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    posts merged and spaced for clarity.

    PLEASE REFRAIN FROM HITTING 'REPLY WITH QUOTE' IF YOU ARE SIMPLY REPLYING TO THE LAST POST IN A THREAD..JUST TYPE!!
    it makes a thread twice as long to scroll through..save data download times and costs
    If you want advice please PM me a link to your thread. PM advice is not allowed!!
    DX
    RIP Martin3030

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    Default Re: Homeless after enforcement notice from council

    Quote Originally Posted by ugo2slo View Post
    Thank you for replying.

    When I SENT the enforcement notice to Harrow all I wanted was help finding a place to rent even in the private sector because they have landlords or know of place that take housing benefit. But they only insisted on checking to see if i was medically a priority as that is the only way they would give me temporary accommodation.
    No mention of the enforcement notice they even changed the case number.

    Then my illness from May 2017 came back MSSA PVL and I had blood in urine and was admired to hospital for 7 days.
    On release 5 doctors from different departments had written letters to council saying my illness was caused by being outside and I have to take daily bath in antibacterial solution and have sores cleaned and dressed every 2nd day I needed to be housed.

    Just like in May 2017 I submitted to the council and 7 days later email came saying she passing them on to medical department to examine.
    From what I had been told was when they did that they should have put me in temporary place.
    2 weeks later no reply I emailed to complain and next day I was told I am not priority no help.
    That was last week and since then not a word.
    I'm not even on locata anymore.

    I think they blacklisted me cos I complained in 2017.
    I have not spoke to shelter or cab cos can never get through.
    I just contacted [name removed - HB] solicitor a month ago and no one getting back to me.

    What I now want is to be housed and if I was mistreated since may 2017 I need to the council to investigate as there may be others that have not be patient enough to follow through as I have.

    Even sleeping in the park I will not let this go unless I have no case.
    Local Councillor
    Elected Head of Council
    Local MP

    Email, phone , weekly surgery?or all 3

    These are the people who will get things done for you.


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    Default Re: Homeless after enforcement notice from council

    Thank you I am doing exactly what you have said I should do as Harrow council still ignore me. Even the emails I use to get from locata don't come anymore. I will post the progress as I get it.

    BTW....I just came to find out that the landlady of the house that got the enforcement notice in August 2018 has been receiving housing benefit for 5 former tenants that all moved out. So how is it that the council shut down the place but the landlady is still receiving housing benefit from them for 838 x 5 for the past 5 months. Only when I asked Diana from Newday about it the payment got suspended last week. If that does not show collusion I don't know what does??



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