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AIBU to think it shouldn't be so expensive to move into a council house?!

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FreshStarts00 Mon 13-Nov-17 12:13:08

So we've finally been allocated a house! Viewing is really soon. They want first 2 weeks rent 6 days after the viewing, then they say they can give us the keys 2 days after that.
Few hiccups:
We'd be paying rent on 2 houses. Need to give landlord 1 months notice from the day we pay rent, which is the 1st of the month. We barely have anything left over as it is after bills. Let alone magically coming up with another £250+.
They don't provide flooring.... AIBU to think this is a hazard with a 3 Y/O?? Splinters and nails and rough floorboards shock
No white goods whatsoever... So we'd be without an oven and a washing machine. Also microwave ect but that's not vital.
No bath- LO will just have to get over her hatred of showers, this one isn't really a major issue.

Anyone got any magical ideas?
Or been in a similar situation?
AIBU to think it shouldn't be so expensive to move into a council house?!

RebootYourEngine Mon 13-Nov-17 12:19:22

How utterly ridiculous that the council dont provide washing machines and flooring for their properties seeing as they have a never ending pot of money to spend 🤔

LillyLollyLandy Mon 13-Nov-17 12:22:27

OP it’s tough but you will presumably benefit from far lower rent in a council property so this is unfortunately the quid pro quo.

I agree the timing is not great but did you really not know about this before?

Councils don’t have any money unfortunately.

MrsJayy Mon 13-Nov-17 12:22:31

Flooring and washing machines seriously you expected a local authority to provide carpets and a washing machine are you really that naive

Toddlerteaplease Mon 13-Nov-17 12:22:35

Why should they provide white goods? 🤔

notanurse2017 Mon 13-Nov-17 12:22:41

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PerryPerryThePlatypus Mon 13-Nov-17 12:22:59

Have you tried FB buy and sell pages? I just sold my oven on one.

Desmondo2016 Mon 13-Nov-17 12:23:46

Tbh I think you do sound a little ungrateful. You must have had an inkling you were going to be near the top of the list/offered a newbuild. You could have been scrimping and saving, sourcing freebies, selling stuff, taking on extra hours, whatever it takes to be able to enjoy this opportunity.

Penguinonesie Mon 13-Nov-17 12:23:58

We recently moved into a HA home, we were in temporary so didn't have rent overlap, but we also had no white goods, no flooring in one of the rooms and horrendous decor. I started with sorting the prioties - white goods. Then started decorating bit by bit. I'm in quite a lot of debt with family because of it, but if I had to rely on finances it would be taking even longer. The first room is almost done! It's about prioritising and buying second hand where possible.

DontOpenDeadInside Mon 13-Nov-17 12:24:29

When I got my council house we had a single bed, small (16") TV, a hoover and cheap plates/knives+forks from Woolies. My nan bought us a (cheap 2nd hand) cooker and gave us her spare double bed, and we used the single bed as a sofa. My aunt had a similar layout house and was renewing her stairs carpet so gave us her after a few months. Luckily we didn't have kids then, but gradually we built up what we had. It's just something you have to do for the security of a council house.

Lottie509 Mon 13-Nov-17 12:25:06

You think the council should provide white goods? Are you serious?

SaucyJack Mon 13-Nov-17 12:26:51

Not sure what else you were expecting. This is one of the reasons why they're so much cheaper than private rentals. You can't have your cake and eat it.

On the bright side, it's much nicer being able to choose your own decor colour schemes and fittings after having been used to renting privately (once you get past the shock of having to pay for it yourself!).

Allthebestnamesareused Mon 13-Nov-17 12:27:21

You do realise if you were moving to a different private property then you would be paying a month and a half rent's deposit plus a month in advance rent and invariably there is an overlap of renting 2 properties.


Not all private rentals provide white goods either!

People above have suggested where you can look for 2nd hand goods if you cannot buy new but I think you should be prepared for all the YABUs because you are!

Nicknacky Mon 13-Nov-17 12:28:12

Why did you think they would supply electrical equipment? Especially a microwave!

WildBluebelles Mon 13-Nov-17 12:28:38

Flooring and washing machines seriously you expected a local authority to provide carpets and a washing machine are you really that naive

Oh ffs, every single rental property I have lived in (MANY) provided carpets, oven and white goods. Hardly extreme, given that council tenants hardly have two grand or so to purchase all these essentials. Why are people being so nasty?

sorryghadtochangeuser Mon 13-Nov-17 12:28:44

You are in a position thousands all over the country would be enviable of.

People are living in terrible conditions ( over crowding , homes less , temporary accommodation )waiting to be housed .

Some never will be .

Use a laundrette for a couple of weeks until you recoup the money on rent .

Buy a cool box and fill it with cold water
Use the shower

Be grateful for what you have and fortunate position you have landed yourself in

MrsMotherHen Mon 13-Nov-17 12:29:21

It cost me £1250 to move in to private landlord that was with an overlap of rents so i paid rent on the other property ontop of that. So no I don't think thats expensive at all.

Glumglowworm Mon 13-Nov-17 12:30:25


This can't have come as a shock, or if it has then you must have done ZERO research into what council tennancys are actually like

Moving is always short term pain, for hopefully long term gain.

MidniteScribbler Mon 13-Nov-17 12:30:45

Oh dear, they didn't give you a microwave, but you think you might be able to live without one.

Would you like the council to wipe you arse for you on your new toilet as well?

sorryghadtochangeuser Mon 13-Nov-17 12:31:04

Wildblubells I would expect white goods when I’m paying thousands in rent a month for a private rental

I don’t think you can compare a council house where the rent is a quarter of the price.

SusannahL Mon 13-Nov-17 12:31:08

Have you posted about this before?

This daft tale seems horribly familiar.

MrsJayy Mon 13-Nov-17 12:31:08

Yes I have been in this position i was in temp housing though so no overlap are you entitled to housing benefit? you just need to hand in your notice to your LL today and try and find the money your LL will have your deposit surely that will help?

Rebeccaslicker Mon 13-Nov-17 12:32:10

I've just bought a house. Man, I have to pay for carpets, curtains, furniture, a new cooker because it has an AGA and DP doesn't like them, and the garden needs an overhaul.

Really someone should be paying for all this stuff for me too.... hmm

WildBluebelles Mon 13-Nov-17 12:32:31

How utterly ridiculous that the council dont provide washing machines and flooring for their properties seeing as they have a never ending pot of money to spend

It's a one off cost to carpet a property and fit a working oven. I would not expect a microwave though. Maybe if they did supply white goods, tenants would not purchase cheap, old, dangerous appliances that cause a fire hazard, like in Grenfell Tower.

expatinscotland Mon 13-Nov-17 12:32:34

We live in a HA flat and I think YABU. I'm just happy to have security of tenancy and not such ridiculous rent. Get onto FB selling sites and get some white goods in. Flooring is mega expensive, there's a reason why the council doesn't provide it.

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