What happens to tenants who have to leave their home because the landlord is selling up?
An unusually troubling account on Property Tribes is well worth reading – and it is just possible that there are local agents who may be able to help.
The piece is all the more moving because it is written entirely without self pity.
The household consists of four people – the parents both being full-time careers to their two autistic sons.
The mother is also registered disabled, and the family lives on housing benefit. Any change, particularly the upheaval of a move, is very difficult to autistic children to deal with, and the family cannot move out of the area for reasons of school and elderly parents close by who need their help.
The family has lived at the property for six years, have always paid their rent on time and have an excellent relationship with their landlord, who is having to sell up for personal reasons.
He has furnished the family with excellent references and even offered to pay the deposit for their next home.
But where is their next home?
The mother says they have been turned down repeatedly because of being on Local Housing Allowance.
She says: “Two high street estate agents informed our housing officer that none of their landlords would be willing to work with our situation. One exceptional agent has been hugely supportive but doesn’t have any properties.
“We are now two weeks away from the Section 21 coming to an end, viewers are coming to our house while we are packing up our life into boxes. My eldest son is having a really difficult time and our landlord is looking to have to face evicting us. We have been turned down consistently mainly because we don’t have a guarantor.
“Yesterday our housing officer told us we might have to face temporary accommodation which means two moves for my sons to cope with which is the worst thought ever.
“It seems to be that any association with LHA means you are a problem and we haven’t managed to get past the agents at all.”
Can any agent in the Spelthorne area of Berkshire help?