Being evicted and nowhere to go :( please, please offer advice
The people that own the block my flat is in last year stated that they were going to start the process to sell them off individually. I had been advised that they were looking for other landlords to take on the flats and existing tenants.
I had one guy looking at my flat and put in an offer, which for some reason fell through. Since then I hadn't heard anything more on the matter.
Today I have received a letter from my housing association stating that because they haven't been able to find a landlord to purchase my flat, they will have no choice but to issue me with a notice to quit so they can sell the flat as vacant.
Basically, I have to leave.
My mum and I looked into buying the flat, but they wanted a £40k deposit (f*cking ridiculous; what sort of person that rents a tiny ass two bed third floor flat has that kind of money just sitting around?!).
According to my contract, I'm certain they must give me two months written notice before I had to leave. I haven't been given this notice yet but, assuming it comes at the end of May, that gives me until the end of July to get out.
Here's the problem. there are NO affordable flats where I live. House and rental prices in Exeter are obscene. My current flat is tiny, third-floor, and the rent alone is almost £700 a month.
Money has never been worse. I have no friends or family who can help out in that respect. I have no idea what to do, or where I can go. I'm not with baby's dad so I'm on my own.
Am I right to think that the council are obliged to find me somewhere to live as I'm pregnant? I need somewhere with two bedrooms, and I need somewhere in town, or within walking distance at least. I know there's a long waiting list for council properties, but would I be prioritised as I'm going to be technically 'homeless' and expecting?
Moving back with my parents isn't an option. They live in the middle of nowhere, have no spare room and certainly no room for a baby.
I have no friends nearby that I could live with. Baby's dad's flatmates have just left, leaving him with a spareroom, but that's not even close to being an option.
The thought of moving house at 7+ months pregnant is absurd. We have no money to afford house movers, so would have to rely on my 62 year old father (who suffers with heart problems) and my brother, if he's available to help. I have just finished painting the baby's room, and have a room full of nursery furniture and bits that would need moving along with my entire house of furniture. Down six flights of stairs We don't know anyone with a van we could borrow.
I'm instantly so stressed about all of this I just want to cry. Mum and I are going to speak to the council tomorrow and see what help I'm entitled to.
Please, someone offer me some advice. I just want to sit here and cry but that's pointless, though I feel utterly helpless and scared and stressed and it's going to do the baby no good
I'm a social worker (children) and the limited amount I do know is that u would need to present yourself as homeless with the council. Do not give them any options to explore re u staying with family/friends as they will try their best to shunt u with family etc. goog luck I can't imagin how u feel xx
I have never been in this situation and possibly every council is different but I think they are obliged to house you and find you something, but (and I don't know how old this info is) sometimes It can be a B&B - maybe thats outdated now I don't know. They may be able to pay rent if you can find a private rental. I am not sure to be honest but hope they help you tomorrow .
PS your landlord certainly needs to serve you with a minimum of 2 months notice, that is def true.
Just a thought make sure you take all your papers with you so they can get the ball rolling straight away, I'd suggest Id ie passport/driving licence and maybe a bill/bank statement for good measure to show proof of address and what monies you get in, letters you have received from Landlord, tenancy agreement and pregnancy notes/something to confirm pregnancy due date. I hope this helps
Thank you. They are somewhat aware of my money/living situation as they already help me out with emergency fund since my housemate moved and I couldn't afford the rent alone. They did say that because of that also, I should be entitled to about £600 a month when the baby's here to help pay the rent. So I'm hoping that even if I have to find somewhere by myself (ie, through an estate agent) they might still help.
However, there's no way I could afford a month's worth of a deposit upfront of the disgusting 'admin' fees estate agents charge, and I'd feel unsure about going privately because of the lack of any legal help incase there was an issue.
I wish this could have happened six months ago. I'm so upset that me and mum spent money on decorating baby's room
I feel really bad for you. I was in a similar situation a while back- was renting a flat and the agent I was with was completely oblivious to the fact that the whole block was being cleared for renovation. I was actually left with less than a month's notice and because of that my agent felt obligated to find somewhere equally as cheap for me to stay. Unfortunately the place they found was poor in comparison but at least I could afford it. Are you with an agent? Could you try and get them on your side to find a place that costs a similar amount. Let them know how they are leaving you in the lurch having decorated your baby's room....they may even reduce the price of a flat they already have on their books, that's what the agent did for me in the end.
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