Tory Majority Day 63: Renting In London on Housing Benefit, Unrentable To Rentable – Have I Found Somewhere To Live?

If I write this down will I jinx it?¬† Yesterday morning I phoned one of the well known high street estate agents that has been so brilliant this week. I called them first thing because, as I left the viewing of the postage stamp sized studio flat on Thursday, they mentioned that they’d got a […]

Tory Majority Day 62: The Search For Affordable Housing On Housing Benefit In London Continues

Is it Friday already. Hello Friday morning. ūüôā Hello a more restful day filled with things other than rounds of phone calls to estate agents and viewing flats. Hello the day I go to see Crystal Tipps and get out of my flat and look around outside and think about different things. Hello a day […]

Tory Majority Day 61: Good Flats and Bad Flats In The Search For Affordable Housing On Housing Benefit

I’ve met one of these today…. and also one of these… The female estate agent was Agent 1, one of the positive and helpful ones I talked about in yesterday’s post. She showed me a studio flat this morning. As with any property search, you have to compromise. Thank you Kirsty and Phil!! The compromise […]

Tory Majority Day 60: What The Lettings Agents Said About Renting To Someone On Housing Benefit

It’s official! I no longer think that lettings agents are pond scum who float about in a conscienceless universe of their own making… As I am writing this post I am consulting my¬†spreadsheet. ¬†Well it’s less of a spreadsheet and more of a Word document with a table inserted into it actually, but it does […]

Tory Majority Day 57: The Stress Tornado Passing, Payback, Sleep, Light Appears

How long has life felt like this? Since June, when I started the ball rolling by asking my dodgy landlord to move. It’s been weeks at a much, far higher level of activity that I’ve experienced since the long-ago, beginning months of holding down a job with a new diagnosis of MECFS. The last weeks […]

Tory Majority Day 56: Eviction For Repairs, Lettings Agents Reaction To The Housing Benefit Question

Yesterday I wrote about how a series of circumstances had left me with one option: to contact my dodgy landlord and tell him I wasn’t moving after all. Good mental health and self care I did hang ¬†over my email and phone all day on Tuesday waiting for an answer, yes, but I didn’t get […]

Tory Majority Day 55: Renting On Housing Benefit London. House Move, Not Going Ahead.

I should have known. Last week I was on the phone to my current (dodgy) landlord. It was the first time he’d been in touch with me directly since the decision was made to press the big red button and ask them to re-house me. While we were talking I had a sense of there […]

Tory Majority Day 50: Osbourne’s Emergency Budget – Reflect and Regroup The Protest Continues

George Osbourne’s emergency budget was long feared by myself and many, many people who are reliant on welfare benefits to survive a long term illness or disability.¬† I cannot overstate the impact mentally and emotionally on me during the¬†wait to find out if my life and health will get significantly worse under the new Tory […]

Tory Majority Day 45: Low Standard Private Rental Housing, “My conscience won’t let me let a baby live there”

Things with my landlord came to a head on Thursday to Friday last week when I emailed him a letter about the condition of my flat, coupled with some photos. I’d been putting this off as any contact with him raises my anxiety level to 11¬†but on Thursday afternoon I thought: “It’s never going to […]

Tory Majority Day 44: The Greater London Council Home and Housing Association Deficit

Julie, the disability rights officer who is helping me with my housing situation explained something today that was a light bulb moment. She explained why she’d said: “It’s not worth appealing the decision. It won’t make a bit of difference.” She was advising me not to¬†appeal¬†against a decision to keep me in Band D by […]