Dear Social Services,
I looked at about ten two bedroomed properties today via estate agents in town. I found two that might be suitable for me to rent and were offered to me.
Both want me to pay the usual £250 fee for the privilege of being ‘referenced’ as well as some weasil agents fee of about a hundred pounds. I will not pass that test as I was evicted from my house with mortgage arrears and I have been unable to pay utility bills yet as communications with creditors has not been possible. I will also fail that referencing process because I have no previous landlord – ever – and I am not currently employed.
The web site of one agent specifically states ‘no housing benefit’ claimants on every property it is renting.
If social services are prepared to genuinely assist me in obtaining privately rented accommodation I need to be able to actually be in a position to instantly provide payment of a ‘holding deposit’ which is the amount of the referencing fee. I also need to be able to offer the estate agent the bargaining chip of six months rent (please see my previous email) in advance to compensate for their imaginary perceived problems with ‘housing benefit’.
This is the only way I might be able to pursue the rental of either of these properties, (or any other property anywhere) and I have to get on with it immediately on Wednesday September 28 otherwise another prospective tenant will take the property instead.
I have not yet told either of the agents I am in receipt of ‘benefits’ yet and one agent has chosen me as a preferred potential tenant over another tenant wanting the same property. The other tenant competing for this property will replace me instantly if I am not able to conclude a successful negotiation immediately with the cash clout needed.
All the other estate agents that I have explained my circumstances of being on benefits to, have not even bothered to have any further dealings with me, as they clearly are uninterested in tenants on benefits.
If it is not possible for me to be assisted to bypass this obscene renting system which outlaws housing benefit recipients etc, then it is clear searching through estate agents is pointless and waiting to see the rare and random privately advertised property might mean spending years before discovering a rentable property.
Effectively, this means it is impossible for me to obtain privately rented accommodation anywhere.
If it is not possible to meaningfully assist me in obtaining one of the above rentals, or any other similar rental, then the only possible route to me and my son finding accommodation is through social housing – which the Council have (wrongfully in my opinion) refused to apply, despite the very clear intentions of housing law.
I still intend to bring this issue before the County Court and take it to whatever higher court is required if necessary but this will take a very long time.
The only other alternative would appear to be that I must currently expect to be street homeless with my son who must then be taken into care at a greater cost than simple accommodation would cost.
I would respectfully point out there is absolutely nothing whatever I can do to alter the facts as I have outlined them in my emails to you. I am perfectly able to search and find suitable accommodation – which I have done.
But if it is not possible to bypass the outlandish barriers which have been erected to prevent disadvantaged tenants from renting property, I cannot see how this issue can be solved, except by means of social housing. I would be quite happy to rent privately if I was able to, but it is no good anyone constantly telling me to do so if it has been made impossible by the parasites who have brought this ludicrous system of renting into being.
Meanwhile, the owner of the B&B my son and I am is expecting me to leave on Wednesday September 28th, and I have no other accommodation for my son and I to go to.
I would be grateful if you would email me and or telephone me to inform me of what you expect me to do in the circumstances.
I cannot telephone you as I have no money at present to buy further credit in order to use my mobile phone.
I look forward to hearing from you.