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Hi

 

I posted on here about 12 months ago as my family were evicted (s21 no fault) from a house we were renting.

 

Of my deposit of £1600 I had £300 deducted for 'sham' cleaning.

 

Because we struggled to get another place the landlord took us to court to get the house back.

Corporate landlord who didn't want pets in the house.

 

We managed to find another home eventually.

 

It's much scruffier than the last one but we painted it and made it nice etc,

but things keep breaking, dodgy plumbing and so on.

 

the owner now wants to sell (she's not a professional landlord).

 

She uses an agent who probably take a large chunk of the rent each month.

 

Agent has sent a s21 and given us a bit longer than the statutory minimum of two months.

 

We paid £1575 deposit and £400 check-in fees to the agent.

 

I have a job after being unemployed for nearly two years,

and still catching up with lots of bills each month so I have no savings whatsoever.

 

I have no idea how I'm going to find the agent fees and the deposit for the next house.

 

We have to pay these amounts up front.

 

The rent is going to cost us around £1300/month (Surrey area)

and so deposit will be about £2000 plus fees between £400 and £500.

 

My current deposit is not returnable until 10 days after I vacate. Even then I'm still going to be £1k short.

 

My daughter is on HB and income support. She has a very young baby and is expecting another - boyfriend is an ex boyfriend.

 

What a mess! Daughter is suffering post-natal depression so we need to move nearer to family and friends and the rents are not cheap.

 

They aren't cheap anyway, but it is what it is I guess. £1300/month is on the lower end of the scale, with many being more like £1500.

 

Will the council that we plan on moving to help with a deposit?

 

How can we determine which council it will be because we can't put an offer in without the fees available.

 

I'm so lost at the moment and can't see a way round this.

 

I've maxed on credit and don't know anyone with £2.5k sitting in their bank account.

 

Any advice?

thanks

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Until other caggers pop in, you might want to give Shelter a call.

 

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Hi

 

This is the third time in three years now. All for no fault reasons. This time the landlady wants to put the rent up £150 a month. We agreed to £100 a month which was her original request and because we wanted some security we asked to renew for a year. So she said she would have to do affordability checks and so on.

 

The reason behind this is that I lost my job in November, but used my pay in lieu and a tax refund to ensure the rent was paid on time, but in April I was unable to make the payment on time and had to get a payday loan. So it was paid ten days late. I was very apologetic etc and had secured another job. I just told the landlady that I had changed jobs and didn't get on the payroll in time.

 

No other payments have been late or missed. Anyway, she hassled me for proof of income and when she got it she said the letting agent said I didn't meet the affordability criteria which is gross earnings = 2.5 x annual rent. And so she's evicted us! Just like that. I would have agreed to the extra £150 she's now advertising the property for. A total of £1600 a month.

 

Anyway, we've now got a Section 21 issued. She knows it's just me, my daughter and my daughter's babies ages 2 and 1.

 

I am totally at a loss as to why she's done this. How do these people sleep at night.

 

My query/problem is, I do not have enough money for a deposit on a place which will be at least £2200 plus agent fees of at least £400.

 

We were considering withholding the rent (especially as we can't afford it anyway, apparently) for the next two months and just paying her two weeks rent before we move, assuming we are lucky enough to get something. Doing this creates its own problems though. She won't give us a reference. I could lie and give somebody else's details as the landlord but any fool can check on google and see which agent is letting the house.

 

So my other option would be to say I live somewhere else, which causes its own problems in proof of ID etc.

 

Catch 22. Again. I cannot bear this life. I think all these types of landlords should be taken out and shot. They cause so much misery with their greed.

 

Going to the council would be a nightmare as well because of the lack of homes. My daughter would not subject her babies to some nasty B&B or hostel and I don't blame her. But there doesn't seem to be any other options at this stage.

 

Any ideas? I know some of you will come back and say that dishonesty is not condoned, but this is a roof over our heads we are talking about - and my honesty has got us nowhere so far. So what's the point. I just overthink things and the end result could be homelessness. This is our worst nightmare.

 

Plus we have pets and they can't go to a B&B or hostel.

 

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EveOwes,

 

I'm wondering if this might be better answered in "residentual lettings" ??

Did you pay a deposit ?

Do you have a "TA" ?

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Do you think i should copy it over or delete and start again?

 

I paid a deposit of 6 weeks rent and that was for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement. We won't get the deposit back until after we have vacated and we can't vacate until we get another place so need the deposit sooner. We're screwed whichever way we turn. I had to borrow a deposit last time we moved but that person doesn't have any money at the moment and I have nobody I can ask.

 

I just don't know what to do. I can't go on living like this, having to move a full house every year. The cost and logistics are horrendous as well as the insecurity. Can't enrol the 2 yo in nursery or anything like that. and there are no council properties available and I can't get a mortgage even though I can afford one.

 

It's just a mess.

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Since you have been given notice to leave then you really should approach the LA and see what they can do to assist you with accommodation. This is a must as you have children involved and they should have a duty to assist you .... Call them asap and take the notice with you....


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As well the previous posts advice do an internet search for council / housing associations in your area and get as many application forms for housing into to them at least this way you are added to the waiting list.


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Do you think i should copy it over or delete and start again?

 

I paid a deposit of 6 weeks rent and that was for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement. We won't get the deposit back until after we have vacated and we can't vacate until we get another place so need the deposit sooner. We're screwed whichever way we turn. I had to borrow a deposit last time we moved but that person doesn't have any money at the moment and I have nobody I can ask.

 

I just don't know what to do. I can't go on living like this, having to move a full house every year. The cost and logistics are horrendous as well as the insecurity. Can't enrol the 2 yo in nursery or anything like that. and there are no council properties available and I can't get a mortgage even though I can afford one.

 

It's just a mess.

No, is not a mess, you say you are overthinking, but you are overthinking depressive thoughts even saying you cant bear this life etc.. you need to concentrate your overthinking on the advice given to you by others above.

 

following the advice from others will help get you a stable home with a housing association. it may not happen quick, it may be very quick... but once it happens then it provides you with a new start, new home and the stability that you want.

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EveOwes,

 

I have moved your thread to the Residential lettings forum, so no, you don't have to copy and paste it over - it is already done :)

 

Have you spoken to anyone in Shelter ?

 

The link below should take you to the Private Renting section.

 

http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/private_renting

 

They do have a free telephone helpline,

 

Call an adviser for free on 0808 800 4444


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