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    if your over 50 and you dont mind a warden pestering you , you can apply for an imediate to let over 50s flat.
    you dont have to live in the area or have any points or be on any lists ...
    these are not all on the same site but on various sites , if you do a GOOGLE search type in over 50s flats in "the county you intrested in" .. the main site that comes up is housingcare.org , if you look down the list look for "to let" next to the listed scemes..
    here is a couple of links to housing thats availble now https://www.zoopla.co.uk/to-rent/bra...-oldham-66758/
    and also https://www.stonewater.org/find-a-ho...available-now/
    if you apply for any of these properties and you get no reply then they have gone .

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    some housing groups advertise on open rent or gumtree . also if you look on zoopla under retirement property .. in my experience going through homechoice is a waste of time , even if you can get on there cycle , with there rules about who can apply..

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    Quote Originally Posted by quest View Post
    Simply untrue.

    My LHA have a standard questionnaire to determine need. Standard questions. Depending on the answers, you are put into one of 7 groups. Most need to least. You are then placed in a group with many other people who have been on the register longer than you. How do you think they then determine who wins the bid when more than one person wanting the property are in equal 'need'? It is decided by how long you have been on the register, i.e. waiting time/waiting list.

    This is standard practice for many, many other LHA's.

    Fair? Yes. Easy or fast? No.
    My council only lets those with deemed priority on the list.

    In addition their definition of priority doesnt match what they actually doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by druid View Post
    some housing groups advertise on open rent or gumtree . also if you look on zoopla under retirement property .. in my experience going through homechoice is a waste of time , even if you can get on there cycle , with there rules about who can apply..
    thanks I will make a note of this. although wont be pushing for a move during the outbreak. I am under 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worried33 View Post
    thanks I will make a note of this. although wont be pushing for a move during the outbreak. I am under 50.
    hi worried , im 56 and rented some awful "general needs" flats from councils , so i went into private letting over 20years ago .. im now looking at some of these over 50s properties as i dont want to live near lots of noise .
    i had a lovely rent of a mobilehome but couldnt find one with a bath , i found the sites very freindly and as your not sharing walls with neighbours very quiet..
    there are plenty of mobilehomes without age restrictions , most come with parking and a small garden , here is the gumtree link for availble mobilehomes https://www.gumtree.com/property-to-...k/mobile-homes
    and a small selection on the on the market site https://www.onthemarket.com/to-rent/mobile-home/uk/

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    I think sometimes people assume if you privately renting it means, civil neighbours, nice areas, etc.

    But there is some trash on the rental market.

    I live pretty much on a mini roundabout on one of the busiest roads in the city. So the traffic noise is insane. I have a female escort living round the back who has clients occasionally knocking, because they cannot be bothered to check the flat number on the door which obviously disturbs me, my other neighbours who are upstairs have decided they need to move heavy furniture around above my bedroom twice a day as well as banging on the floor and walls with something and to run their washing machine every night at around 11pm to about 2am. So these problems you get from both social and private renting.

    Thanks for the help in trying to get me alternatives, my MP has finally replied on the council and has written to the housing department to ask them to explain their behaviour. They replied that the OT that visited recommended I needed rehousing so that wasnt the problem, but the decision was overruled due to apparent other factors including the pressure they are having to house homeless people, however they have refused to name the person who made the decision and explain these factors, my MP is still chasing it up as she said its unacceptable, a high amount of homeless people doesnt remove them from their other obligations. My council still to this date have not replied to my personal complaint/appeal.

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    Yes worried I know how some of these councils behave, they claim to have no flats available but always find one for there "preferred groups" .
    Also seem to allocate there worse properties to single people with MH .
    Noisy ignorant neighbors is something that doesn't effect those in ivory towers so if you complain they don't get it..
    As I've said councils and the people they deem qualified to go on there homechoice lists ????
    At least with private lettings you can give notice but trying to get out of a bad council/HA flat is almost impossible.
    Allocation of public sector housing should be taken out of local council control as I don't trust them and there allocation to there cronies?. A body should be set up to handle it , with open books clearly showing who was allocated what ? Without there names but a clear profile of there age ,time on list , and previous circumstances showing if they have been evicted before for anti social behaviour??.
    I know some councils are doing dodgy stuff that local people would never believe ,Torbay council in devon to make money agreed to take problem families from Liverpool from Liverpool council for a fee of £15000 ,so Torbay council make money but the crime rate shot up over night ,local people had to move out of council into private after there estates became drug dealers territory ????
    Hence now Torquay is known locally as "lil Liverpool" .
    I've heard a scoucer in Torbay saying if he stays in a drying out house for 6months Torbay council have to give him a flat????

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    I am trapped, impossible to move privately, all the fees, the prejudice against the unemployed, also any new landlord I not used before, knowing that I could be homeless in 6 months at end of AST. Not to mention the rents that were £100 minimum above LHA rates, although now its reduced a bit due to the recent rises.

    I would like to see the following.

    Control moved to a central entity (seems like this agrees with what you said), removes postcode lottery variances, one rule for everyone.
    Local link rule abolished for neighbouring councils, as can be huge availability of stock differences from one council to the next, allowing people to apply in neighbouring councils evens this out somewhat.
    Everyone should be able to get on the register on the basis of access to secure affordable housing, at worst add means testing, but thats it. Can keep priority for the homeless, disabled etc. but dont completely forbid access to the rest.
    Build build build more properties. Stop all right to buy.
    Last edited by worried33; 03-04-20 at 16:01.

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    some of these "homeless" are neighbours from hell worried , thats why there homeless ..
    as for time spent on homechoice list that was the old system of local authority "waiting lists" ware time spent moved you up the list ..
    on homechoice its a banded system , if your deemed of low need you are put in a band ware you will rot away waiting..
    like ive said local authoritys should not be running the list as i know how they operate , its all very cronified ..

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    druid not all councils are the same, my council if you deemed of low need you dont even get on the system. I think some people assume its the same everywhere so if they can register, everyone can register but thats not the case.

    I prefer rotting away waiting, than not been on there at all.

    However I should have been in one of the priority bands anyway as the OT agreed with me I had medical needs for housing. Although my MP replied been supportive I expect this wont be resolved for me until the virus stuff is over.

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