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 Post subject: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2009 22:16 
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hi all, well me and my oh are still living with his parents, our little girl is nearly 3 months old, we have been on the council housing list since jan 2006, it is beyond a joke now!! We were private renting our own place but had to move back here in jan this year as my partner lost his job and we just couldnt afford it, our plan was move back and save (hoping we would get a council house before our little bundle came along, no such luck). I really dont mind living with his folks, they are great and willing to help anytime. our house stuff is taking up 2 of there 4 bedrooms, so they are deffo great, as they dont mind at all!! I have now discovered that the house is basically riddled with damp, 2 of the bedrooms have it on the walls and the windows are damp and moist in the mornings, this may explain why me and my little girl have basically had a cold every morning for the past month and it clears up by midday, what do i do??? will this help us get somewhere quicker?? we would consider private renting again, but a 1 bedroom flat just wont cut it anymore, not with the ammount of stuff we now have!!xx Dont know exactly what you guys can do but i think i just needed to tell someone!!! lol xx

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 Post subject: Re: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2009 22:50 
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Tell council bout damp,and your concerns for Lacey's health.
I'd go to the offices every day and kick off,it's not like you've been on the list 5 mins. Worse comes to worse,go to your gp,tell him your health concerns about damp,see if he can write council a letter to perhaps bump you up the list.
Word of warning tho hun,my friends took first place offered without thinking about it,and they deeply regret it now,block of flats with no lift,her pram was nicked,now got very noisy person below,and really fed up with the place.
Hope you get offered a nice place soon x x x

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 Post subject: Re: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2009 23:01 
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hey, i phone the offices every 2 or 3 days, they are a*** holes, the houses etc are nice in my area so i wouldnt mind taking anything, last time i phoned i was told we were 1st for a 2 bed house in one of the schemes (think i need to go to that scheme and make somebody move out, lol), its gettin me down now, as we will have to spend our first christmas as a family in somebody else's home!! I wanted to cook my own chrimbo dinner this year, cant now, just feeling a bit cr** now, feels like we are not getting anywhere, was going to discuss it with my hv but iv only seen her twice since lacey was born and cant seem to get in touch with her, think she has forgot we excist xx

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 Post subject: Re: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2009 23:19 
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When I found I was pregnant (completley unplanned) I was still living with my parents and Si his. We were on council lists from November 2008 and never heard a single thing. When Lewis was born I lived at home and Si at his and we were constantly going between the two, which give more stress than anything.
In May just before I was due, Si's parents offrered to pay a deposit on our house and this is how we ended up with our little palace :D

Technically Im still on council list because I never informed them that I had bought my own property, and still not heard a thing. There rubbish!

Could you not get your HV to help, maybes get her to phone them and let them know she is concerned about Laceys health?

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 Post subject: Re: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 26 Nov 2009 00:02 
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hey, i phone the offices every 2 or 3 days, they are a*** holes, the houses etc are nice in my area so i wouldnt mind taking anything, last time i phoned i was told we were 1st for a 2 bed house in one of the schemes (think i need to go to that scheme and make somebody move out, lol), its gettin me down now, as we will have to spend our first christmas as a family in somebody else's home!! I wanted to cook my own chrimbo dinner this year, cant now, just feeling a bit cr** now, feels like we are not getting anywhere, was going to discuss it with my hv but iv only seen her twice since lacey was born and cant seem to get in touch with her, think she has forgot we excist xx

Aww hun,don't let it get to you x Sorry I should have realised you nagged them already. They do just forget about people tho-as Jess said-she'll prob get a call in another year or so :shock: Try and focus on being spoilt at christmas,having lunch prepared for you,just try and stay positive x all else fails,go down there and play holy hell [smilie=2guns.gif] [smilie=2guns.gif]

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 Post subject: Re: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 26 Nov 2009 00:08 
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i rang mine twice a week for a month and we suddenly got a two bedroom house just before jack arrived, hvs and midwife letters DO help here, but i agree council is bloomin useless, we had someone let themselves in to show a pregnant couple and there toddler round when jack was about 4wks old, i had to show them my blooming contract, felt bad for the couple though our house is nice! :lol:

We are leaving council in new year to rent from family before we buy, i cant flippin' wait!

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 Post subject: Re: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 26 Nov 2009 10:35 
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I was living with my mum when i got preg in 2000, moved in with mats family in April 2001 - 3mths b4 Kira was born, we were on the housing list from nov 2000,we were then listed as homeless as m.i.l wrote to council saying we were no longer welcome as she was selling her house. My health Visitor also viewed our property and wrote to council about overcrowding etc. Even the doctor wrote to them about stress. I then got preg with Cole, Cole was due in june 2003 - in april 2003 we were offered a house, in a remote village - only offered it because the person on the list before us turned it down due to the work it needed!
I was lucky! its a 3bed and a good size, but my daughter spent her first 2yrs sharing a room with us. We were lucky they finally found us somewhere before Cole was born!


I didn't want to upset you, but there are alot of people waiting for housing and if i WERE YOU i WOULD CONSIDER PRIVATE RENTING. (sorry caps)
My sis is preg with her 1st, in a one bed and was told she would get nowhere until baby is 12yrs!!! so she has found a 3bed private rent :)


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 Post subject: Re: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 30 Nov 2009 09:10 
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Unfortunately it all depends on how many council houses a council actually has! The fact that you live in Scotland is in your favour as our councils still own a fairly large percentage of their houses (since old Maggie gave people the right to buy them).
The fact that you are on top of the list for a house is good too, but there will be people above you that aren't officially on the list. People living in homeless units etc are actually above you. We have a homeless unit next door to us and families move in there, stay for less than a year and move out into a council property.

We lived with my parents for 9 months and before we got this place we were told it would be 10 years before we would be offered a house in East Kilbride, we had put a few places down as preference as we didn't want to be offered a house in a place that we didn't know. My mum works in Strathaven, so we put that down and were told it NEVER comes up unless there is a death! Not nice to be actually hoping that someone pops their clogs so you can get their house!! My mum was told told to make us homeless in order to get us a house quicker, but she was terrified we'd end up in a B&B so she couldn't do it. With hindsight we now know we would have been put in a homeless unit like the house next door, and had we known that back then we would have went down that road!

Speak to your doctor and hopefully he'll say that there is a medical reason for you to move out. (My DH has epilepsy and that gave us more points to bump us up the list), my mum went to her doctor saying it was affecting her health having us all in the house (there were 5 of us in one room!) etc, she also went to her MP. About 2 months after speaking to her MP we were offered this place, in Strathaven that NEVER comes up (and no, no-one died so we could get it :lol:)

We found out how many points we had and looked to see what point values they were housing in the areas we wanted a house in. We knew we were at the top of the list for Strathaven as they were housing 90 points and we had something like 110, so we were right at the top.

Have you listed yourselves with housing associations too? They are different from the council, so make sure you find out how many have houses in your area and get your name on their lists too.

Has your OH still not got a job? If not then I know private rent due to being unaffordable, but if you get benefits you could be entitled to housing benefit that would cover the cost of private renting. But in saying that a lot of landlords don't want DSS rents and finding a private place could take just as long as waiting for a council house. It's a flippin' vicious circle.

Just keep at them hun it's the best you can do, get as many people involved in the fight as you can, but if it's a case of nothing can really be done until a house is empty I'm afraid you'll have to ride out the storm (but keep at them at the same time!)

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 Post subject: Re: Council Housing!!!
PostPosted: 30 Nov 2009 23:43 
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I'm not sure what the situation is in Scotland, but generally, the councils' are slow in responding as there is a severe shortage of larger houses which are the ones generally in demand, especially for people in a similar situation to yours. Therefore, the councils respond according to the urgency of the matter. If you're living with your partner and your in-laws, as far as the council is concerned, there is little urgency in that situation as you all have a roof over your heads. Unfortunately, had you have stayed in your private rented accomodation after your partner had been made redundant, had the baby and waited until you had bailiffs at your door (it would have been around 6 months until this point, and although I don't agree with it, it would have been rent-free too), and nagged at your council then, I'm sure you would have definitely been ofered a house in a few months, as that situation is by far more urgent in the eyes of the council.

I would do as much as you can, get as many people involved, but until your situation becomes a lot worse, I do not think you'll be hearing from them anytime soon. If you can, try and get private rented accommodation again, and go the council route from there. I'm sure you'll get a faster response that way.

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not much else to add hope you can get things sorted x

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