Tory Majority Day 66: An Open Letter To Members Of Parliament About Austerity, Housing Benefit and Affordable Housing In London

11th August 2015 Dear MP, Boris Johnson, parliamentary candidate, mayoral candidate or Labour leadership candidate, Today I’m starting another round of phoning London estate agents in my local area, seeking out whether anyone will be prepared to accept me as a tenant. A simple process, you may well think. It is a simple process when […]

Tory Majority Day 65: The London Flat Hunt On Housing Benefit – It’s All Gone Pete Tong

In the future I suspect I’ll look back on today fondly. There was a flat with my name on it, you see. The Tall Agent – I’ll name which agency has been so marvellous when my flat hunt is over – had worked really hard. He was thoughtful, considerate, nice to talk to on the […]

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 47: Leaked Document About Tory Cuts – Housing Benefit – How More Stressful Can Life Get?

I’m feeling very stressed at the moment and this diary is going by the wayside. Kindly, I think this is what people call having not enough spoons for writing. S.T.R.E.S.S.E.D ¬†O.U.T¬† That’s true, it is the case I don’t have a lot of spoons in my mental space in my scrambled, stressed out head and […]