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Aibu to think the local authority will house me?

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Jojomarie29 Thu 17-Aug-17 20:15:42

Hello,I'm 33 and have suffered with anxiety most of my life.
I still live with my mum and I'm single.
I claim esa due to anxiety but I'm trying to get my life on track.
What chance do I have of the LA housing me?
I'm desperate to move out but can't afford to private rent.
Will the LA house me?
How do I go about it?
How many months will it take?
Will I be entitled to full housing benefit?
I'm hoping to get back to work soon.
Any advice would be great

notevernotnevernotnohow Thu 17-Aug-17 20:17:19

Single and with a place to live? Depends on your area but sounds unlikely that they would house you.

Glumglowworm Thu 17-Aug-17 20:18:11

It completely depends on the LA. Some have homeless families waiting years for a shitty bedsit, others have virtually no waiting list and anyone local who applies can get a home.

Hopefully someone more knowledgable than me will be along to advice on HB

Mamabear14 Thu 17-Aug-17 20:19:03

I would say very little chance depending where you are. We are in Devon. We were classed as seriously overcrowded and medical need band B. Took over a year to be offered somewhere and we were only offered that as 2 people turned it down first!

Graphista Thu 17-Aug-17 20:19:39

Single mum with multiple health issues dd also disabled - 7 years! And we got bumped up the queue!

You're housed, safe, not overcrowded they've no obligation to house you.

SonicBoomBoom Thu 17-Aug-17 20:19:50

What part of the country do you live?

Jojomarie29 Thu 17-Aug-17 20:20:37

I'm in the north west.

Jojomarie29 Thu 17-Aug-17 20:21:06

What if I said I didn't have anywhere to stay?

SaucyJack Thu 17-Aug-17 20:21:16

How long is a piece of string mate.

Really really really depends on where you live.

Papafran Thu 17-Aug-17 20:21:17

Hi, I think you will have to make inquiries with your council. However, I am not sure you would be classed as being in priority need unless you are made homeless. I also believe that under the age of 35, you would be housed in a room in a shared house unless you have children (and would only get housing benefit to cover the shared room rate). I am not sure whether that is what you want if you have anxiety.
Maybe you could set goals- ie get back to work but put up with living with your mum until you have saved a deposit and then start looking for your own place. If you know it is not permanent, it can be easier to put up with a less than ideal situation.
Good luck and well done for wanting to turn your life around.

Foslady Thu 17-Aug-17 20:22:44

Go to your LA webpage and look for the housing link, that should take you to the site to register. You might also be able to see if they have any quick key properties.
At 33 you fit the age criteria for HB credit of Universal Credit.
Also type in the search engine 'Housing Assiciations for (your local area)' - you might find that some are not linked into the system

notevernotnevernotnohow Thu 17-Aug-17 20:22:57

What if I said I didn't have anywhere to stay?

But you do.

Winebomb Thu 17-Aug-17 20:24:05

If you said you had no where else to stay if you do, you are committing fraud.

I am so sorry for your anxiety, it's a horrible illness. But unfortunately social housing just doesn't work that way.

Sugarformyhoney Thu 17-Aug-17 20:26:53

If you don't have anywhere to stay you may (big may) be temporarily housed in emergency housing which is likely to be shared and have communal areas. From there you will be made one offer of accom which may be outside of the local area and you are obliged to accept this.
As for being housed, it's unlikely as you are a single adult and being in ESA won't pack much punch. It's normally viewed as a temporary payment until you are well enough to return to work so the LA won't see you as particularly vulnerable or disabled if that makes sense.

MumIsRunningAMarathon Thu 17-Aug-17 20:27:13

why would you lie? if you have anxiety wouldn't lying mean you'd be looking over your shoulder constantly waiting for your lie to be discovered?

AlmostAJillSandwich Thu 17-Aug-17 20:27:26

My sister has severe OCD as do i, we couldnt live together and she ended up in hospital then an intensive specialist clinic in london. When she was released it was into pre aranged housing. I dont know if it was because she was considered homeless as she couldnt come back home, or because of applying while she was in the clinic. She does however get esa and pip and i dont think she pays any rent so it is prob through housing benefit. Just a 1 bedroom flat with a lounge with kitchenette, and bathroom. Fairly large lounge and bedroom and kitchenette is a decent size with proper built in fridgr, freezer, cooker and washing machine.

Jojomarie29 Thu 17-Aug-17 20:30:31

I would be a happy with a 1 bed flat it I'm honest.
I would enjoy doing it up nice
Something to look forward too I giess

Jojomarie29 Thu 17-Aug-17 20:30:39


HoneyIshrunktheBiscuit Thu 17-Aug-17 20:32:02

Where in the north west? Huge housing crisis in some parts.

You aren't at risk of being homeless so I doubt you'd be anywhere close to top priority.

MumIsRunningAMarathon Thu 17-Aug-17 20:32:20

but you are adequately housed op....who else lives there?

RainaBaina Thu 17-Aug-17 20:33:33

Would a job not be something to look forward to? Is there no work you can do? If your condition is bad enough that you cannot safely get out the door and into a workplace then presumably you'd be ill-advised to live alone.

HoneyIshrunktheBiscuit Thu 17-Aug-17 20:33:40

Also they're not just going to take you word for it that 'you don't have anywhere else to stay'. They will look in to it and refuse you if they feel you've made yourself intentionally homeless.

Jojomarie29 Thu 17-Aug-17 20:34:51

I can't stay here forever tho and I don't want too but how will I ever be able to move out.
It's only me and mum
All my friends have their own place it's becoming really embarrassing now tbh.

NicolasFlamel Thu 17-Aug-17 20:35:37

You're adequately housed and surely lying about it would give you something to be really anxious about! Get yourself into employment you can manage, save up and move out on your own. You'll feel much more pride that way.

AndNowItIsSeven Thu 17-Aug-17 20:35:56

Depends where you live.

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