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She seems to hve done all the right things - like go to housing advice. They have admitted they have a duty to rehouse and will give her priority as she has a child and is not in arrears (ie intentionally homeless).
The court may give her extra time, as it is not arrears. (The easiest way to get possession is through arrears - the hardest is through anything else!)
Whether the council have a property might be an issue. It depends where the area is and what kind of housing stock the council have. Most councils have a shared waiting list with all the housing associations in the area for permanent housing. They mostly have a very small stock of temporary housing and often resort to B&B, although this is expensive for them, and don't like this arrangement to last too long.
At the end of the day, if the Local Authority have admitted they have a duty to house, they will. They have to.
It may be that the person can wangle it through the courts that she can stay long enough in the present home, so that the council or HA have time to find something suitable to offer her?
The problem with getting a property larger than her needs is that she won't get enough housing benefit to cover her costs. With the new Local Housing Allowance, if she is entitled to two bedrooms, then she will only get housing benefit for two bedrooms! Tghis will be her entitlement whether she is in a one bedroom house or a five bedroom house!
I am sorry that I cannot help any further. I hope she is ok and gets sorted soon.
katralla wrote: »
I already get priority housing status because of my daughter so no, I actually told the bloke that my health/medication/whatever was none of his business, to whic he raised an eyebrow but... it makes no difference so...
SuzyCreamcheese wrote: »
im pretty sure it works on a points basis, you get a point for having a child, another point for having mental health issues, etc etc. Most points wins. It would probably be in your interest for them to know