Warning regarding Council Tenancy succession

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Hi, I just wanted to tell people my story in the hope of educating any carers in a similar position

My mother had vascular dementia and died on 19th October this year. I miss her dearly - bless her wonderful heart. I have been her carer for over 30 years (I am 48 now) and, along with my father, we were living in a 2 bed flat - council accommodation - since 1976. My mother and father were joint tenants. My father died in 2010 and the tenancy passed to mum. I assumed that, if I cannot keep the existing property, I would be re-housed in a 1 bedroom flat once mum died. I couldn't be more wrong. I am not entitled to anything. I have sought advice from two solicitors, citizens advice bureau, Shelter and my local MP and all have told me I am not eligible to succeed to the tenancy as I am not on the tenancy, and the council have no obligation to re-house me as I don't have a priority need. I therefore would need to find private housing for ridiculously high rent. My MP even told me that I am am capable of full time work, so why should I receive subsidised housing when so many other people need to be housed. Forget the fact that his salary and accommodation are paid for by taxpayers.

For anyone in a similar position - ie living with their parent/s in council housing, PLEASE check what will happen to you when your parents are no longer around. If you can be put onto the tenancy agreement, please do this. If you able to buy the property, please do this. Do whatever you can to secure a roof over your head. If you have children, when they turn 18, you should be able to put them on the tenancy agreement and then they will be secure.

I had to find this information out the hard way - no one volunteers this stuff beforehand and it isn't easy to find. And if you unfortunately find yourself about to be made homeless, (ie, given notice to quit) don't wait for an eviction notice as this can look bad on your records/credit check etc. The best you may be able to get from the housing office is an extension or delay to the notice to quit.

Please take need of my cautionary tale. It's hard enough losing my mum, but it has turned into my worst nightmare now.
Thanks for posting this one on the forum , Lampchop.

It is no consolation for you in what is a truly disasterous situation that others have encountered.

Being literally made homeless even after years of saving the System thousands by your sacrifice as a carer.

The bible on this issue appears to be a Briefing Paper ... No. 01998 , 17 March 2016 ... Succession Rights And Social Housing ( England ) ... in PDF. format ... will open in that format after a download ... 16 pages ... detailed and easy to read if not quite understand ... the middle section dealing with succession.

( PDF. format ... virtually impossible to copy / paste across ... can convert into other formats ... best read in separate window. )

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j ... bFlrN3s0qD

NOTE the subtle changes since 2012 ... Government policy at it's " Finest " for carers.

I cannot comment , or suggest anything beyond bouncing this one off the Advice Team ... any twist that may help ... I leave that for Lambchop ... a little late but ... anything may assist.

Needless to add , our Lord Kitch will be updated ... the one place for all major issues ... an inhouse tombstone.

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LK update ... " Caring days ended and residing in social housing , and not on the tenancy ? Oh dear ... bad luck ... your local cardboard city awaits while you find yourself a job and somewhere to live. "

I'll leave it to readers to judge whether that's too weak / just about right ... nothing on there is too strong !
Oh no, if only you'd asked that question here before your mum died! You've been a Carers UK member for seven years....it's one of the things that ALWAYS gets said here, to ensure carers are put on the tenancies!!!!!

How dreadful that you didn't ask here earlier.....

I do wish you all the best that can be now, but it is, yes, utterly inquitious but that is the state of housing in this country at the moment. We are grossly overpopulated, continuing to be even more so, and grossly 'underhoused'.

I don't know if this is the slightest use to you, but, have you considered getting work that comes with accommodation?

A friend of mine (female) does this - she goes through the job ads in the Lady (of all things, but it's where these kinds of jobs are advertised) and basically goes to work for 'rich elderly people' who need 'someone younger and fitter' to help them keep going, but accommodation is included. It's not perfect, but she's had to do this since her divorce.

With kindest wishes to you at such a grim, and grieving time -