Housing A SENSITIVE LET advise needed
14 February 2018 at 7:54 pm #7647
I’m a 38 single mother who has gone onto the council housing list after the sale of my family home after our split, I have made loads of bid and been skipped on so many but this property is a three bedroom maisonettes on the second floor, which I’ve been told I was skipped because I had 3 children not two now it has come back up stating it will only take children over 8 years old because it has a balcony, I bought my first flat with a balcony and lived in it until my eldest was 10 and not once did I have any trouble looking after the safety of my children. I see it as I could of been in this flat ages ago and I will be over looked because Aster refuse to allow children in this three bedroom property, but someone who has not been on the list as long as me and only has two children could have this property, and Help would be appreciated.
anne14 February 2018 at 8:55 pm #7657
I guess they are covering their backs for the potential law suit if someone with an under 8 lived there and had an accident on the balcony. Owning and renting are worlds apart.14 February 2018 at 9:15 pm #7662
I rented the property for 5 years before I bought it and surly they cannot put an age limit on a standard flat with a balcony as thousands of mothers live in flats with balcony’s14 February 2018 at 10:03 pm #7668
I work for a council and we are always leasing flats with balconies to young families.
It all depends on thier allocations policy, if it states over 8s, then they will go through the register looking for that match. If it has come up again it mimig be worth contacting them to register your interest14 February 2018 at 10:13 pm #7669
This is the third time I’ve made a bid and I have now sent an e-mail to the council and they said it’s up Aster so I have now sent them an e-mail can they stop me under safety grounds ? I might pop up and see if they have young family’s living there already, surly it’s up to the parent ? I can move in within the month as well it just so frustrating for me to keep getting skipped14 February 2018 at 10:26 pm #7671
They can put whatever limits they want onto them. They can’t stop people having children once they have already moved in – not sure if they would evict or if it would cause an issue. Strangely I had a similar issue with a hotel refusing us a room due to the age of the children and the fact it had a balcony. The allocation of council houses always seems barmy to me.14 February 2018 at 11:03 pm #7674
I just cannot get my head around a perfectly good 3 bedroom flat not being aloud to be rented to someone with two girls and a toddler when we are willing to take it on14 February 2018 at 11:11 pm #7676
Khaleesi Mother Of DragonsParticipant
I think we all agree with you!
Can you contact the council and say that you feel that you’re being discriminated against because you have young children? Worth a shot I suppose.19 February 2018 at 5:37 pm #7843
Maybe it is because of the safety issue. I’ve been in second floor flat for 10 and half years! My daughter was 4 and a half in the first flat. The second has a balcony but with railings. My neighbour had 2 small children with ‘juliet’ balcony – secured with iron and perspex. Is it possible you could contact Health & Safety at the council to give advise on how the accomodation could be fit for purpose. Possibly ensuring restricter stays on balcony doors or windows? If it is owned by a private landlord then the battle will be with them and their health and safety policies. If it is Housing Association tyen ask if they can clarify their restrictions to put your mind at rest and avoid further frustration!
Good luck19 February 2018 at 8:34 pm #7860
The problem is that councils have too little property of their own so are reliant on private landlords who they make arrangements with, which sounds to be the case here. However, that landlord is not an employee of the council and can make what rules they choose. If it says no pets, for example, then that’s the end of the matter. If your child got hurt, the council wouldn’t be supporting the landlord as it’s not their responsibility. It’s no good the landlord saying “but I warned her about the balcony” after the event. You ARE right emotionally, but this is a legal matter for the landlord. Maybe he’s been bitten before, or maybe his solicitor made sure it was negotiated when he set up the contract with the Council and he’s doing as he’s told. I am surprised the council aren’t being more proactive, though. I used to work for a council in London and women with young children were always prioritised. But as I say, it depends what stock is available. If you are going to kick up a fuss, take it straight to the Leader – elections are coming up don’t forget!