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    Housing, the search continues ' OR Wanted in Telford, for a couple of crips!'

    Accessing all possibilities, and networking, RD and me are in the process of trying to live together, we both have medical needs, some access etc and finding a suitable property IS like a needle in a haystack. A dream would be a 2 bed bungalow with a garden. The viewing, the searching continues..

    A few hundred thou would buy a house, but we probably couldn't afford to run it.

    With housing at a peak, any tips, avenues etc would be welcome (including the ones we've already explored.)

    Are we doomed!

    J

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddivine View Post
    We could run it m'dear, the problem is is the "few hundred thou". not existent when i looked under me pillow.
    I know a disabled couple who found a delightful place to live on one level. It's just like a bungalow with your own front door but cheaper - a mobile home. aAThey have them in Shropshire/Telford.

    Some are for retirement but some take families.

    Check it out . . . http://www.prestigeparkandleisurehom...taparkhome.htm

    The other thing is shared ownership ... http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-...ownership.html

    Now this might be cheeky but as one set of parents live in North London is there a way for them to release some capital to help you guys out. It's called equity release if they own their home.

    Communal living
    It's a shame you can't find a group of people willing to live together in a mansion style house and you all contribute towards the upkeep. They usually have big communal gardens where you can grow your own veg too.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/wom...-families.html

    Sharing a mansion!!
    http://www.postliphall.org.uk/join-postlip.html

    Cohousing ideas
    http://cohousing.org.uk/groups

    If you're waiting for the ideal place you'll be waiting forever as nothing is perfect. You'll need to compromise on area or accommodation - something needs to give!

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    Here's the5 compromise that's worth looking into . . .

    A 3 bed flat for under £600 a month in Telford


    All you need but on 1st floor - but perhaps there's a lift
    Surrounding gardens - need to ask if you could adopt some ground and add raised beds for vegetable plot.

    http://www.zoopla.co.uk/to-rent/deta...f0i4LrIkcXs.97

    Tell me what issues this would raise so I can understand your needs better

    One bedroom for you and he
    Second bedroom for your boy
    Third bedroom for dialysis machine - running water and drainage to install eg a sink

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    2 bed, or 1 bed with ample space for a dialysis machine and stock, such as a conservatory (my needs). I need a bit of green to stay sane, so some garden. RD's needs, access, wheelchair storage, and a decent kitchen plus near busstop, utilities etc. 500 quid a month for 2 bed is our max..

    Current dialysis looks like this, to paint a picture https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=02a3b3a45b


    Its a huge sacrifice for all.. Bit of a personal thread really but hey, we're here now! We'll get there.

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    You might get a place you like but the compromise might be the area.

    Here's a one bed detached bungalow in Ironbridge with storage, walk-in shower for £500 but it might be tight on space.

    Full description

    ALL BILLS INCLUDED! AVAILABLE ON SHORT TERM LEASE
    One self contained unit available at £495 pcm fully inclusive, comprising of kitchenette, ensuite and partly furnished lounge/bedsit. Also included is access to communal lounge, kitchen and communal garden. Ample parking available. Price includes all utilities & Wi-Fi.

    Working Tenants preferred but LHA considered with a full deposit. No pets. Fees Apply.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-...-38154822.html

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    Remember, I'm a live in landlord and my lodger only has to give ae months notice as I would to her - it's standard practice. In my lodgers case she put down a months deposit and paid the first month's rent upfront. She doesn't have a tenancy agreement or even a rent book. This arrangement suits people when they aren't settling down. She might be moving 'down under' in March.

    The only way of getting secure tenure is by being a tenant of a social housing landlord i.e. Council or Registered Social Landlord. Even then you'd only be covered as an 'Introductory Tenant'. After 12 months you'd be changed to an 'assured tenancy' with rights - you couldn't be evicted.

    It's a shame you can't share a mansion type house with several other families so you get the space, support but also land to grow your own veg.

    Keep on looking - it's out there somewhere!

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    Thats not a bad idea, if we can find the right people

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddivine View Post
    But we keep looking, forgive not being too open, but this is public afterall
    I've been a little polled out over the last week or more putting bids in for funding a disability organisation plus meetings, I was at Manchester Central Exhibition and a farewe;; lunch to say goodbye to a disabled worker who w4as made redundant last week.

    Anyway, I now have time to look into drafting a letter for you that might convince your present landlord to 'bend the rules' given your housing predicament.

    Think it can't happen , , ,

    - I persuaded a building society to release a friend from a very high fixed rate mortgage she couldn't afford - they changed it to a variable rate with no admin charge.

    - Another friend was stuck in a inaccessible private home nobody wanted to buy. I was able to put her in touch with a local HA who bought her house off her for a 25% share in a warden assisted 1 bed house. That was 7 years ago and she's happily still there.

    In my opinion rules are written as guidance only. Everyone's situation is different and each case is looked at independently. Organisations won't openly admit to fudging rules but it happens daily.

    It makes more sense for yo to stay put and we'll slowly find a way for the HA to flex the rules a bit.

    Will be in touch this wee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingKidney View Post
    Thats not a bad idea, if we can find the right people
    Well, there was some interesting news about co-housing this morning sited in North London.

    Unfortunately neither are suitable for you and Reddivine but may be of interest to people just to see how they work.

    The first one was for single women in their 50s and over called Ouch. This also included social housing.
    http://www.owch.org.uk/

    The other co-housing project that is still be5ing built is also in North London. This one is happy to take5 couples as long as one of the parties is 55 from what I remember. They were looking for people who were keen gardeners - reading between the lines.

    It's called Woodside https://cohousingwoodside.co.uk

    At lease these communal type living places do exist - just finding the one that suits your budget is the next step.

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    Lighttouch, thanks for the links and input.

    J

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