I am currently living with a friend as the father did not want the baby or us living there. I’ve applied for universal credit/ have Mat leave pay ready to go and am beginning to look for flats for us. I want to get it sorted before baby is born because it’s no an appropriate place for a child at my friends. Will I be up against a fight with landlords because I am “claiming benefits”. All will be covered once added to child maintenance. Do I have to declare my situation? I’m so confused and worried I will get turned down. Have applied for housing but heard nothing yet. I would much prefer to be close to my friends and network as it is a very difficult time for me. Any advice/ reassurance would be great. Thanks, Katie.
Hi Kate when you look for somewhere to live either through agency or advert the landlord will specify private working tenants or DSS . Some don’t take people who are entitled to housing benefits. It will take time to find somewhere so good luck . I don’t rent but know from experience people who have rented are up against others in the same boat and landlord didn’t want them because they had young Children too.
Its good to see you chatting with other members of the forum but don’t forget that you can also call our single parent helpline for advice. They should be able to help you explore your options. They can get very busy so please expect to wait a while before they get to your call. Hope that helps, Justine