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Has anyone had problems with private rented sector?

IgiveupIgiveup Posts: 2Member Listener
Hello how is everyone? ..x
Has anyone had problems with private rented sector?  I am finding it difficult because all I get is we don't take housing benefit sorry..


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 10,100Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    Yes absolutely and you'll find it's the same across most of the country. Years ago local councils used to keeps lists of landlords that accepted housing benefit but now because less and less are accepting them even those lists are rare.

    If you do get lucky enough to find a landlord then you'll be faced with needing a guarantor most likely and that's extremely difficult for most people.
  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Posts: 5,858Member Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Igiveup, and a warm welcome to the community!

    So sorry to hear about your troubles with housing, it must be really frustrating to be repeatedly turned away. If you don't manage to find something soon, it may be worth getting in touch with the housing charity Shelter, to see if they can offer any support. Here are their helpline details.

    Please do keep in touch and let us know how you're getting on!
  • newbornnewborn Posts: 202Member Pioneering
    Re-word that!  'Has anybody N O T had......'
  • newbornnewborn Posts: 202Member Pioneering
    Remember the Bournemouth Bus Shelter story in national news, a few years back, on the couple in their nineties, he a wheelchair user? Their longstanding private landlord gave them 2 months notice, so he could sell.

    No new private landlord would consider them for a moment,  of course.  They asked the council for help, but were told, correctly, that their 'sin' (the mistake of still having some remaining life  savings, beyond the small amount deemed permissible)  allowed the  council a legal loophole to dodge statutory duty to assist vulnerable and at-risk homeless, elderly, disabled people.   Councils can, and do,  refuse to classify such people as 'Homeless', even though they had no roof over their heads and absolutely no chance of getting one.   So, they were living in the bus shelter, where a local journalist noticed them.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 10,100Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    newborn said:
    Re-word that!  'Has anybody N O T had......'
    I currently rent my home from a private landlord and didn't have any problems finding one at all. Like i said it does depend on the area you live. Some areas are like gold dust and you won't find a LL that will rent to those claiming benefits.

    There's a few areas most likely in some parts of Wales and far up North you maybe lucky to find a few. Those that do accept may well want a guarantor.
  • IgiveupIgiveup Posts: 2Member Listener
    Well I got a small studio with stairs I shall have to crawl up as I am in pain with my back and ankle constant and walk with a stick.. I have paid 6 months up front a loan from family and I have to now find this every 6 months... 
    Many thanks for your help x
  • Gwendoline1Gwendoline1 Posts: 189Member Pioneering
    Hello Igiveup, I do believe it’s affecting all areas of Britain, after watching various programs the comman denominator seems to be the benefit cap. Yes admittedly certain areas of Britain tend to be cheaper than others but each area as it’s own problems. It’s very difficult meeting bills, but I hope you be as happy as best you can be. 😀😀😀
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