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Single man under threat of eviction

Our contact asked us to help a single man that they housed last year.  As part of his arangement he was to pay towards the £500 deposit each week, meaning he didn't have to find it all at once.  He has suffered a family breavement, a relationship breakup, as well as losing his job in December, so has been struggling as his mental health has been poor.  Due to a shortfall in his housing benefit he has fallen into arrears with his rent.  Our contact has applied for a Discretionary Housing Payment from his local council, which has been awarded for a short while, this will cover the housing benefit shortfall.  He has been served with a Section 21 notice regarding his home situation, but that notice has now expired.  He needs to find the money to cover the rest of the deposit in order to remain in his property.  His landlord has been supportive now that our contact is on board and trying to help him resolve the situation.  We agreed we would send over £150 to go towards the deposit, which we are told will help appease the landlord, and keep the threat of eviction at bay.

Tags : Benefits housingproblems housingbenefit DHP rentalarrears rentaldeposits

Mum and children flee domestic violence

Our client was a single mum with three children that had fled a domestic violence situation in order to keep her and her children safe.  She had been moved into temporary accommodation which was not ideal, so an agency had helped her secure the possibility of better and more suitable accommodation, but she would need to find £500 deposit.  The landlord was willing to work with her and allow that amount to be paid over the next six months.  She could budget for some of that, but not all of it.  We agreed to pay £200 directly to the landlord to get her started, leaving her to find £50 a month over the next six months, which she agreed she would be able to do.

Tags : domesticviolence rentaldeposits singlemumwith3children

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