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Old 31-03-2008, 03:54 PM
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Hi there folks.
Need some info and advice on behalf of my niece who has been offered after being on the housing list for a good few years a 2 bed flat which is 3 stories high.
She has a daughter of nursery age, and have been in homeless housing for a year, before this she lived with her mum who is disabled and was moved to a smaller manageable property, so no room for my niece (her daughter), as my sister also has a 14 year old son living with her too...which is again a 2 bed property.

Due to my niece being offered this flat that has no holdrails and 3 flights up and no garden for the little un to play in we thought it was very unfair for her to be offered this considering she always ticked 2 bed house properties on the homefinder forms and was priority.
She has been told she has to accept it and must be out of the homeless housing by the end of this month.
So really she is in a situation as being homeless and they see it she will have to accept it but assumed there would be a certain age group if you have kids and being offered flats especially up some flights of stairs.

Any suggestions here please.
By the way we live in Gwent in South Wales and the council is Torfaen.
If this is of any help, cheers folks.

If you want me to remove the authority dept name please let me know, thanks, or please feel free to remove this.

Di.
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Old 31-03-2008, 05:45 PM
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Unfortunatly this is how council housing works.From what you have posted it would seem that the council has fullfilled its obligations.There is no statutory overcrowding and as your niece is/was homeless the council only have to give one offer on a take it or leave it basis.Although there may be stairs or no garden these are not taken into account when Housing is allocated unless there is a valid reason(eg disability or other needs) where it would be more preudent to place someone in a ground floor flat.I would suggest that your niece takes whats on offer then asks for her case to be re-assed and this may lead to a higher banding.If she doesn't take it then this would have serious implications as the council would have no obligation to help her.

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Unfortunatly this is how council housing works.From what you have posted it would seem that the council has fullfilled its obligations.There is no statutory overcrowding and as your niece is/was homeless the council only have to give one offer on a take it or leave it basis.Although there may be stairs or no garden these are not taken into account when Housing is allocated unless there is a valid reason(eg disability or other needs) where it would be more preudent to place someone in a ground floor flat.I would suggest that your niece takes whats on offer then asks for her case to be re-assed and this may lead to a higher banding.If she doesn't take it then this would have serious implications as the council would have no obligation to help her.

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Thanks Terminator and yes I can see your point.

And am aware that everyone's issues vary.

Just been speaking to my niece on the phone now, she has been told that one of her friends who has a 5 yr old son has been offered a house 2 bed property and this was one of these my niece had ticked off, and where my niece has been on the list for approx 4 maybe 5 years her friend was on the list for 3 because she was still living with parents who has a 3 bed property who they own and her Aunt works for the council.

Yet her friend said she did not mind a flat and also ticked for these, and both in the surrounding area of each other too, so as much as my niece is pleased for her and does not plan to go yelling about this but like you said they do not take everything into consideration.

Thanks for your feedback on this Terminator, this is very much appreciated.

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