Given 2 hours to decide on a transfer
19/10/2010 0:26 am
Hi can anyone give me any advice on my situation. I have been waiting for a transfer for over 6 years. I live in a TINY box of a classed as a 1 bed flat with my six year old daughter. We finally ended up being 1st for a flat i bid on. The flat was advertised last Tuesday and the viewing was 4 days later on the Friday. We went along but couldn't view the flat as the guy from Peabody had the wrong key. We finally got to view the flat today (Monday) and were then told no 1 and 2 on the list didn't want it so it was ours if we did. The flat is on the other side of London - in Archway - we live in Battersea. We are desperate for more space but obviously this is a massive move for us in terms of any family support or social networks ( I am a single mum). Peabody gave me two hours to decide whether I want the property otherwise they would give it to someone else.
Obviously, asides from getting to terms with the fact that we will have to start a whole new life with regards to any support or friends, I have to find a new school for my daughter. I went to see the local school who told me they are hugely over subscribed and that anyway I would have to go through the council. In the 2 hours that they gave me to get home and try and make some calls to the council etc I could not get to speak to anyone to give me any advice on finding a school for my daughter.
I spoke to Peabody at 3pm - my 2 hour deadline for accepting/declining the flat - I explained my situation and begged for another 24 hours to decide a massive life changing decision for me and my daughter. They refused and said that I would be wasting their time. Eventually they agreed to give me until 5pm that day - a further 2 hours.
My question is - is it right for them to give me 2 hours - then 4 after much begging - to give them an answer as to whether I can move to the other side of London and find my daughter a school. These are huge huge decisions with many possible consequences and although I am desperate to move for some much needed extra space - can they tell me that I will lose my right to the flat if I don't reply in such a short time.
Any advice would be really appreciated. I am desperate to know where I stand.
Very many thanks if you have managed to read all of this...
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20/10/2010 4:06 pm
as you insist of talking about my landlord - many unsatisfied tenants are terrified by their landlords to even complaining, other are too frail to even try, others have given up andthe list goes on.
You would have done something if you were in my position? How do you know what I have done and not have done? I would be unhappy whever I would be?
this are the stock answers you get from social housing staff. Hopefully you will not be allowed into the profession as you seem to be the type residents would stay a mile away frrom.
20/10/2010 3:59 pm
Now you going to have to check the Mutual Exchange papers to ensure you not taking over the tenancy of a new tenant
20/10/2010 3:43 pm
Look at the end of the day those of us in social housing are lucky, it looks like we are the end of the lucky ones with the announcement in the CSR today.
As I've said before in an ideal world there would be enough housing to go around so everyone is happy. Many people working in housing wish this were the case also. I'm sure people working in allocations don't like having to tell people that they will wait years for a property. Unfortunately there isn't enough housing to go around and never will be so Clare's story will be repeated across the country. We can all say we wish there was a simple solution to Clare's problem, but there isn't. There just isn't enough housing to go around and no amount of shouting about it and attacking people who point it out on this site is going to change it. Landlords can't magic up more properties as Kass seems to think they should be able to in order to resolve the issues of waiting years for a transfer, his quote "social landlords should focus more on providing solutions".
I've given Clare some tips in a previous posting, hopefully she will not have to wait too much longer for a property. However sensationalising her story will not help anyone.
The simple truth is that increasingly if someone wants to transfer or needs a roof over their head then they won't have the option of social housing, renting privately or buying will be their only options. It's a travesty in my opinion as I passionately believe in social housing but that's the way we are heading. Kass you can shout about it all you like but it's not the landlords fault any more than it's the fault of people working in social housing.
I do agree that it is not easy to change landlord when you are in social housing but it is possible. It has been said quite glibly in one or two postings which make it sound like it is simple, of course it is not. However if I were as unhappy with my landlord as Kass I would have done something about it, using home swapper or the nomination scheme to attempt to move to a property owned by another landlord. However I suspect that Kass wouldn't be happy wherever he lived.
Oh and I'd be happy to not have the time to post on this site but as one of the early casualties of the cuts I am not working so am not wasting my employers time posting. I post in between job hunting. Just as well I am lucky enough to live in social housing so at least I know I have a roof over my head. Maybe Kass, you could consider how lucky you are to be one of the few percent of people living in social housing, as I am, at a greatly reduced rent especially since new tenants will have to pay much more from now on. Instead all I see from you is a constant barrage against your landlord even to the extent that every time someone complains against their landlord you ask if it's your landlord and your constant attacks on anyone that works in social housing.
20/10/2010 3:33 pm
Because I waslk about in my ward/area. I came across a few very angry tenants one lost her husand with two children over 6 years old and cannot get a transfer on the the binding system all she been showed is tower blocks in London. One other two hard working people working day and and night to pay the rent and all other expenses with two boys and a girl again same problem. Then we get to the oversea neighbours having one child after another all family members on benefits and in both cases got houses. Over the last six months.
A computer looking at the facts and figures. I would prefer that hard working social housing tenants got the first moves. Then we get back to circumstances what if a death of a partner he/she did mean to go on benefits.
What everyone going to offer me the Racist Card - well some every angry people in Social Housing coming from oversea
What we accepting overseas people into the country one's whom cannot talk english and second and will not we part of a diversity community. Why we allowing people to come into the country and marry and expect a Social Housing - Go and ask Inside Housing to get the Council to give the right fact and figures
20/10/2010 3:08 pm
you demanded evidence, while not providing any for your own claims after having been asked 3 times.
20/10/2010 3:02 pm
"surely you're a decent enough guy to provide your evidence before asking for it?"
which means you're not...?
"How can I check your claim"
I'll use your system again. I know it is.
20/10/2010 2:49 pm
surely you're a decent enough guy to provide your evidence before asking for it? How can I check your claim that in your LA housing waiting list and transfer list have decreased if you do not tell me which LA you are talking about? So for the thrid time I asking you the name of your LA.
20/10/2010 2:40 pm
Kass, when challenged to provide evidence to support your claims why do you always deflect by asking a question in return? this really does affect your credibility as you appear to simply throw rhetoric and opinion around rather than fact.
where did i say i was "above accusation of not giving answers"? do you read what people post or does it all simply morph into what you want to see?
i shall take a vein out of your playbook...why should i tell you which LA i live near?
20/10/2010 2:15 pm
well, as you are above accusations of not giving answers, again I ask you which is the name of the LA you state there is a dcrease in transfer and housing lists
20/10/2010 2:07 pm
Kass, read what i actually wrote.
"actually transfer requests at my LA are dropping, with many residents happy to remain where they are, our waiting list is also on the decline as is the average waiting time to be housed - do you have any factual evidecen to support your counter claim?"
where does this say i claim transfer lists are down across the country?
did you read any other part of my post, or simply the bit you could grasp, therefore refute, therefore respond to, therefore avoiding any of the other points raised and questions asked?
to simply say "i know people" doesn't count as evidence sadly, i know people that are extremely happy with their landlord - doesn't mean you will believe it though.