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Housing. How can I get a 2 bed?

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leeroy1
leeroy1 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
Hi there I currently  bidding on property's  but for a 1 bedroom any ideas on how to get a 2 bed because I have 3 children 2 with 1 person and 1 with another but wouldn't have any we're for them to sleep over at weekend I've recently  been made disabled so need my own room bed etc  I have them everyweekend without fail I really don't no wat to do or were to turn if any 1 could help I'd appreciate it  many thanks leeroy

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,235 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 2022
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    Hi,
    First you need to speak to the housing company to see if you can bid on those properties. If you also claim for help with your rent from either Universal Credit or housing benefit then you will need to speak to them to ask if you can claim for extra bedrooms. I suspect that they answer could be no because they don't live with you the majority of the time.
    As it's social housing if they say no to the extra bedrooms then you can of course pay the bedroom tax yourself.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,995 Disability Gamechanger
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    Lots of councils don't seem to consider needing a bedroom for children you only have at weekend which is crazy really. I know there is a shortage of larger houses but asking for 1 bedroom for 3 children isn't unreasonable. I hope you manage to sort something <3
  • leeroy1
    leeroy1 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Basically my ex is saying unless there is a bedroom for them then they carntbstay atall 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,235 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'll be totally honest and say it's extremely unlikely you'll be able to receive extra help with rent for bedrooms that are only used on the weekend. You can of course pay the extra rent yourself to make up the shortfall.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Lisatho11987777
    Lisatho11987777 Scope Member Posts: 5,911 Disability Gamechanger
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    From my own experience  and from people I know about  the counciol and social housing will only give you a one bed property normaly if you live on your own because the children don't live with you full time 

    You could speak to them and ask, you have options that  may work for you, you could get bed settees so  that when your children stay the settee pulls out into a bed  so they have somewhere to sleep or the other option is private rent  

    Try speaking to the counciol/social housing first and see what they say  you could also get in touch with shelter who may be able to help you 
  • leeroy1
    leeroy1 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    I'm more than happy to do that but the council won't let me bid on 2 bedrooms  only 1
  • leeroy1
    leeroy1 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Yea thank you I will try this many thanks 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,235 Disability Gamechanger
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    leeroy1 said:
    I'm more than happy to do that but the council won't let me bid on 2 bedrooms  only 1
    That will be because you only have your children on weekends and this doesn’t justify needing an extra bedroom.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,995 Disability Gamechanger
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    But if not having the bedroom means he can't have his children at all that seems very unfair :( 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,235 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes i totally agree but it's the rules. If an extra bedroom was needed for a regular overnight carer then this would be different.
    They could privately rent with more bedrooms but it's very likely they wouldn't be entitled to extra help with any rent outside the 1 bedroom rate of LHA.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Spoonbill
    Spoonbill Community member Posts: 70 Courageous
    edited June 2022
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    Triangulation of housing shortages, budget cuts & unbending bureaucracy? Citizen's Advice: "If you share the care of your child with the child's other parent, your child will be treated as living with the parent who provides the child's main home."
    To others, wondering: OP private-renting + DHP = long journey with no guarantees or support since deemed 'adequately housed', or worth looking into as LA social housing stock becomes +1 up?
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