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I need my own space-help!

monov21 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
I live in Lambeth, and I am currently on the housing register. I live at home with my mother but really desire my own space as our relationship is strained and I now believe it is effecting my overall wellbeing and mental health.
The waitlist in Lambeth council is over 8 years. I’ve been bidding for 3 years now and with low priority I have no chance of securing a council home for myself any time soon. Im 32 now.
My only option I know of is to rent privately however I cannot afford to do so. Studio or 1 bedroom flats around London is very expensive and would take up majority of my salary. What options or advice would you all recommend for someone in my situation.
As I’m older I do not want flatmates,


  • Luchia
    Luchia Community member Posts: 224 Pioneering
    Unfortunately without priority the wait list can be very long if you get an offer at all, have you given you a banding?
    Do you have any disabilities? Sorry to ask but this can make a big difference in banding.

    If the council have decided you are suitable housed(within their standards) then it might be an idea to look a little further out of London if that’s possible at all.

    Due to Right To Buy the councils have lost a huge amount of housing stock and no where near enough to been built to compensate for this so without Priority most people won’t get an offer of a property 
  • Luchia
    Luchia Community member Posts: 224 Pioneering
    Oh forgot to add, I know your not overly fond of the idea but it might be worth looking for a house share with people around your age, usually there’s an interview with the current tenants involved so you would be able to meet them and see how you get along 
  • rubin16
    rubin16 Community member Posts: 278 Pioneering
    I went on the housing register when I was 18 and bidded everyweek for a property, however becuase I was male and living with my step dad I wasn't seen as a priority and never got a property or came close. I am 31 now and live on my own in supported accomodation as I have Autism, Schizophrenia, ADHD and very bad crohn's disease. I now live in my own flat that is fully furnished and funded by the council, I also get a support worker that visits me and takes me shopping or sorts anything out for me.

    I would suggest researching other housing options as waiting for a council home is near impossible at the moment unless you want to wait like 30 years or have a priority banding.


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