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PostPosted: 24 Jun 2010 07:20 
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Hi ladies this is an odd question but here goes..

My house has been under pinned and about a year ago an inspector had a look and the plaster had blown (cracked) in the this post is spam. They repaired it and when they inspected the repair it wasnt satisfactory so they stripped the whole wall and plastered it again, it took three days to clear up there mess!! The wall in the this post is spam has now cracked again and i dont want them to touch it as i've got a toddler and a newborn and the mess it would create would be awful.

Anyway myself my dh,ds and dd are all stuck in a 2 bed house, do you think i could get moved quicker if i get tem in to look at the wall and ask if it's safe then refuse they fix it until i'm moved? My council works on a points system and basicly dont have enough points to move until my dd is five and she's not even 3 yet!!

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Not sure hun, each council is different. The fact that you have a newborn and there would be a load of dust might just mean they will move you out while they carry out the work.

We are getting new this post is spam's & bathroom and some houses need re-wiring, the tenants that are getting re-wired are being offered alternative accommodation while the re-wiring is being carried out.

If they deem it unsafe and you refuse it being fixed and something happens, they won't be held accountable, but I'm not sure you could refuse it as it is their property.

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PostPosted: 24 Jun 2010 08:02 
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I thought they might move us as theres no point finding us alternative accommodation as we need to be moved anyway!

By me contacting them i may be digging myself a hole :(

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If i was you i would ask for a copy of what you get points on and see if there is anyway you can increase your points as if its anything like my council they was still fairly happy with a 8 yr old boy sharing with a 3 yr old girl. Also get your health visitor to do you a letter stating that the work needed would be harmful to your babys lungs and the stress of going into temp housing which could just mean a b&b with you just having a baby could push you over the edge with depression/ stress.

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PostPosted: 24 Jun 2010 10:31 
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I dont think they would move you they would probably just want to fix the wall and suggest you stay at you parents house if it's going to be a problem.

I was in a 2 bed flat with just me my son and partner and they moved us only because i have enough points. Theres lots of things you can get extra points for i.e if you have damp and location. If i was you i would ask what you have points for and see if they can allocate you some more.


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PostPosted: 24 Jun 2010 11:08 
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I dont think they will move you higher up the list due to this work im afraid, might move you to a grotty b&b. We had our this post is spam and bathroom ripped out by the council, i wasnt happen about staying in the flat while it happened but council wouldnt rehouse us. It took them 6 weeks, with my washing machine not plumbed in, no cooker and my fridge freezer in my living room. They provided a two ring cooker but not exactly great for cooking family meals. We also had to provide covers for our carpets as they didnt supply them due to getting stolen :roll: :roll:.


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I dont think they will move you higher up the list due to this work im afraid, might move you to a grotty b&b. We had our this post is spam and bathroom ripped out by the council, i wasnt happen about staying in the flat while it happened but council wouldnt rehouse us. It took them 6 weeks, with my washing machine not plumbed in, no cooker and my fridge freezer in my living room. They provided a two ring cooker but not exactly great for cooking family meals. We also had to provide covers for our carpets as they didnt supply them due to getting stolen :roll: :roll:.


OMG that's ridiculous! Our this post is spam & bathroom are getting done, but the council will have somewhere available for us to go whilst work is carried out during the day. It could be a house or somewhere like a day centre, but at least we get offered somewhere to go. They guarantee the cooker is reconnected ASAP (usually within 2 days of them disconnecting it) and the washing machine reconnected within 3 days. Granted my fridge freezer will be in my living room, but I can live with that! Work only takes 3 weeks at the most, so what the hell were they doing for yours to take 6 weeks!!!!!
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If i was you i would ask for a copy of what you get points on and see if there is anyway you can increase your points as if its anything like my council they was still fairly happy with a 8 yr old boy sharing with a 3 yr old girl. Also get your health visitor to do you a letter stating that the work needed would be harmful to your babys lungs and the stress of going into temp housing which could just mean a b&b with you just having a baby could push you over the edge with depression/ stress.


Our council states that oppposite sex children can share a room until the eldest is 10, same sex until the eldest is 12!!
So in accordance to their guidelines we are already a room short (older girls share and are 12 & 14) and come October when Lucas is 10 we will be another room short! Don't think I'll be getting a 5 bedroomed council house in a hurry tho!!!!

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Oh my lucky you is that the council workers or contractors??? It was beyond a joke. My neighbours refused the refit and they were taking in our washing for us. We fitted a shower and tiling ourselves and the contractors said that if we wanted the bath replaced, we would have to rip out the tiling ourselves and do it again. The only thing they could guarantee was that the toilet would be replaced the same day so we declined the bath getting changed.Then when the council officials came round to inspect the work we got told due to health and safety measures, the contractors should have fitted the new baths with the handles to help you get out. So we told them to get stuffed and they could change it when we moved out. They also decided to update the storage heating system and replace the boilers in january, where anyone with common sense knows that you need to have the heating on the previous night to build up the heat. It was a flippin' joke!! Aberdeen council for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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PostPosted: 28 Jun 2010 08:10 
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Oh my lucky you is that the council workers or contractors??? It was beyond a joke. My neighbours refused the refit and they were taking in our washing for us. We fitted a shower and tiling ourselves and the contractors said that if we wanted the bath replaced, we would have to rip out the tiling ourselves and do it again. The only thing they could guarantee was that the toilet would be replaced the same day so we declined the bath getting changed.Then when the council officials came round to inspect the work we got told due to health and safety measures, the contractors should have fitted the new baths with the handles to help you get out. So we told them to get stuffed and they could change it when we moved out. They also decided to update the storage heating system and replace the boilers in january, where anyone with common sense knows that you need to have the heating on the previous night to build up the heat. It was a flippin' joke!! Aberdeen council for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It's contractors that work for the council, they've been doing it for the past 4 years.
They will replace the whole bathroom, but we have been told if we want to keep our existing tiling or flooring in either the this post is spam or bathroom we will need to remove and replace it ourselves. Fortunately we want rid of it all so no problems there!
My only moan about it all is we are having the work done somewhere between September & March!

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As long as its not Carillion doing the work you will be sorted !! :D :D


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