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Advice needed on housing and rent arrears

hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
 Hi all Hope your all well?

 Please can some one help.
This evening  i left my parent's  house  it was building up for months .
I've spoken about my housing situation previously as many years ago I was emotionally abused 
By my parents due to lock down  I had no choice but to come back  if I stayed in my housing association  flat I would not have survived  due to the harrassment from the neighbours.
I was approached by a police woman  as i was in a state and told  her the situation  she suggested  a hotel and would take me there  and advised to contact social  service  or the domestic abuse   I told her I did but I can't afford i to pay £300 a week .

I don't  know what to do  

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  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     I also need antibiotics   no GP  will take patients on  due to corvid .

    I'm lacking capacity for anything I just want to sleep and not wake up
    I'm sorry to trouble you all
  • Caz_AlumniCaz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 626 Pioneering
    edited May 1
    Hello @hass

    My name's Caz. We haven't spoken before but I know that you've visited the Online community in the past and I just wanted to check in with you and find out how you're doing?

    I can see from your posts that you're having a difficult time of it at the moment. I'm so sorry to hear that. We'll definitely do our best to help you as much as possible. Absolutely no need to say sorry either. It's no trouble and that's what we're here for. Also, remember that you can always get in touch with the following organisations, if you feel that you need some additional support.
    And, if you feel that you need immediate help and you may harm yourself, do call 999 and ask for an ambulance.

    So hass, what I'm also going to do is send you an email with some more information about how we ourselves might be able to help you. If you do happen to spot this post in the meantime, it would be really good if you just let us know on the Online community how you've got on since last night. 

    You take care and we'll speak again soon.  
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  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     Hi Thank you
    I didn't go.to the hotel I couldn't afford it in ancycase it was wasn't worth going  for 1 night  what do I do about the test of days 
    I went back to parental home  
    L
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,859 Pioneering
    Hi  @hass sorry to read your post, I have a link below that might be helpful to you.
    https://emotionalabuseawareness.tumblr.com/post/101803771347/leaving-an-abusive-home
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    Hi im 45 I do t want to report it to police I discussed  this with the officer last night when she swa me  distressed 
    I
    The other problem is  I have a secure tennancy   but I can't go back I'm 2 scared with the harrassment  from neighbours hence I couldn't stay there  during lock down 
    My situation is dire  I'm soooooo exhausted  

  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,859 Pioneering
    edited May 1
    @hass can you speak to your landlord about the problems you are having, they may have other propertys you could move to. Also your local council may be able to help with emergency accomadations or have information on other places you could move to.
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     I've done all this    
    This is going on since 2006 
     I have a a sociolotor  shes not helpfull telling me to do this then saying know  I have her a letter from the GP that's states the housing in my flat is having a serious impact on my health  conditions along with 15 health  conditions 
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,859 Pioneering
    Its not good is it maybe look at other accomadation in  surroundings thats best for you .
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    I've been looking for yrs  without sucess  
    Theres a new  law if anyone moves or does an exchange with tennant  and finds out that there is a history of anti social  behaviour   tennant can use landlord 
    This was a case in the quardian news paper  last yrs similar to mine 

    Hers was horrendous racial violence 

  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,219 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @hass - I'm so sorry to read about your ongoing problems. Did you have a look at Caz_Scope's email as she's saying that Scope may be able to help you? I think this is worth trying.
  • Caz_AlumniCaz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 626 Pioneering
    Yes, please do feel free to come back to us again about the email that we sent through to you @hass

    I just wanted to get in touch and see if you have had the chance to follow up with anybody about the health issues that you've been experiencing. Have you managed to sort out anything out yet? If not, please do think about trying to speak to a health professional about needing some antibiotics. Either your GP, a pharmacist or your local Accident and Emergency unit, if things get any worse. 

    Also, have you given any thought to the other points that I mentioned in my email? Or have you been able to speak to anybody about things since then?

    You take care and do let us know how you're getting on.
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  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    No  I've just been on scope  helpline for  neatly 2 hours I just hanged up now 

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,729

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    Were they able to help @hass?
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  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     As stated I couldn't  get through  i was waiting  nearly 2 hours
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 12,059 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there @hass

    Sorry to read of your situation  and yoh have probably already done thus but have you contacted shelter charity at all they deal all the time with this sort of situation 

    I really hope you find a suitable solution 
    Here to help with my experience in hunan resources and employment rights 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,729

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    Apologies @hass, I thought you meant that you spoke to them for 2 hours. I'm sorry that you had such a long waiting time. It could be worth ringing them at a different time of day. They're open 9am to 6pm on Monday to Friday, and 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, and their number is 0808 800 3333.
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,697

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    Hello @hass

    How have you been? Did you try contacting the helpline again? :) 
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  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     Hi no I didn't I've become I'll again on steroid  antibiotics  with serious chest  Infection  kidney urinary throat.
    Been advised to self isloate  by 111 
    Sent off corvid pcr test.
    I'm doomed  
     I've just found out  earliar I'm in rent arrears I've never been in arrears 
     Emailed housing officer 
    I really need help  with my housing  
    I'm losing capacity to do anything  please 
  • Caz_AlumniCaz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 626 Pioneering
    Hello @hass,

    How are you doing? I've just been on the community and spotted your message. Sorry to hear about your ongoing issues. I know you've said you feel like you're doomed. But please know that we're here to help if we can. What else can we be doing to try and support you right now? 

    Also, how did you get on with ringing the Scope helpline? If I recall right, you said that you preferred to speak to somebody in person. What did you discuss with them? And did you come to any conclusions about how they might be able to help you?

    I know that you've spoken to 111. But have you seen your GP or visited the hospital? It sounds like you've been prescribed steroids and antibiotics for you conditions? Hopefully that means that you're under the care of a medical team? Is that right? What did they have to say about your health in general? And were they able to offer you any additional support, given your other issues?

    Keep in touch to let us know how you're going on. And if at all possible, please do try and speak with the helpline again. I know you said that you preferred to talk to somebody over the phone. So, that might be easier for you than trying to respond to us on the community. But remember, we're here as well, if you need somebody to talk to. 

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  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     Hi 
    I managed to speak to a lady  via the helpline  
     Unfortunately  it wasn't successful 
    I was supposed to contact  the lady today  but I couldn't due to  THE EID   festival's 

    With all due respect I dint think anyone is grasping the situation 
    There fore I feel more isolated and frustrated.





  • Caz_AlumniCaz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 626 Pioneering
    @hass Sorry to hear that you're still struggling to get help. The last thing we want is for you to feel more isolated and frustrated with the situation. 

    As we left things the other day, I believe that the Scope Helpline were going to try and get back in touch with you? Is that right? What support were they able to offer you? And sorry hass, but I'm not entirely sure I understand why there might have been a problem because of Eid. The Scope Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm. And most bank holidays. Or are you referring to a different helpline? 

    Also, it might be helpful if you could give us an update as to how you're getting on? Have you managed to get any medical help yet? Have you seen your GP? And what's your current housing situation? 

    Last of all, could you tell us a bit more about what help you're looking for from us? That way, we might be able to provide you with some more advice, and signpost you to the appropriate services. 

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  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     Hi 
    With respect I've already stated that  iv  had treatment  for my infection  when I called 111 a week ago.

    I wish people would listen .
    When I spoke to scope the lady wasn't  really  grasping  my situation 
    Inanycase   no help was offered  because  scope can't help.

    All I'm doing is repeating everthing  like a machine.


  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,697 Pioneering
    Did you get a response from the housing officer? 

    Do you receive benefits for housing costs? 
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    In terms of my housing 
    I have a secure tennancy  
    Moved in to the flat 

    2006  endured harrassment  since

    Police called numerous times
    14 housing officers  visted nuisance family warned them of there behaviour

    Theft of letters stolen ripped fraud committed   landlord still hasn't done  anything

    Nuisance neighbours taken to court in 2013 
     If breached  undertaking  would go to prison 
    Undertaken was breached  landlord never took it to court.
    Was given a disibility advocate  who reported it as a hate crime  still these tennants  carry on regardless.
     
    Everthing is about there rights and not mine
    I'm directly  above them 
    They slam doors  use foul language  are intimidating    have no respect  you can't even approach them they get aggressive.

    Couple of yrs a go the son was following me around
    One one occassions  he so me on the bus  and decided to sit facing me when the bus was empty.
     I was very scared.
    Still no action taken by the police or  landlord
     

  • Caz_AlumniCaz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 626 Pioneering
    @hass So sorry. I didn't mean to cause any offence. And I apologise if my questions made you feel as though you were having to repeat yourself. Because we haven't spoken for a few days, I just wanted to find out if you had any updates with regard to all of the issues that we've spoken about over the past couple of weeks. 

    I am genuinely sorry that you feel that we haven't been able to provide you with any assistance. Is there anything more, or in fact, anything more specific, that we can be doing to help? Let us know and we'll see what we can do. 

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  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     I'm not being herd that the point .
    Housing officer are not interested if they were  by rights they would be evicted 
     I had my mail redirected  suggested  by the  Sociolotor  who is full of contradictions 
    I found out that  a letter was delivered back to sender  some one  meaning neighbours  said that i don't live here this has happened  before.

    I contacted royal mail and was fuming this should not have happened. 
     I'm waiting for them to get back to me.

    I'm doomed no matter where I go  whom I go to.
    Effectively dead in my tracks.
     HOUSING is not a minor thing 
    Your environment  shapes you.
    I haven't got any confidence  or capacity to do anything 
    I have no one to support  me 

  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,697 Pioneering
    My question about housing costs and benefits though? Do you get housing benefit or housing element of UC? Trying to establish how you are in arrears. 
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous

    Hi Mark
     I get HB  I just mentioned earliar that  my mail is being redirected  suggested by my incompetent sociolotor  
     My mail was being sent back to the sender Becos one of the neighbours    said to post man irony live here 
    This has happened  before  to other neighbours as well
     Spoke to the housing officer who's comfired to HB department  that i am the tennant   of the property. 
    I'm just waiting for HB  to get back to me.

  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,105 Disability Gamechanger
    @hass i'm sorry that you seem to be having a rough time of it, have you considered approaching CAB for advice? AFAIK the postman has to deliver the mail to you he/she can't just take someone else's word that you don't live there.
    If your solicitor in your eyes is incompetent have you thought about getting another who maybe more helpful?
    As Mark says have you been getting HB or the housing element of UC?
    In the first post you mention your parents, can they not help/support you?
    I will now only offer benefits advice on PIP, and specific benefits advice for other people with Epilepsy. 
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     Well clearly its happened  the post man was at fault. 
    As stated in waiting to hear  back from royal mail as why this happened.
    Interms of sociolotor  it took 11 months to find 
      
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     A sociolotor  that has capacity 

  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,105 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm not quite sure what you mean by "a solicitor that has capacity" ?
    I will now only offer benefits advice on PIP, and specific benefits advice for other people with Epilepsy. 
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    Meaning they can't take anymore cases 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,105 Disability Gamechanger
    Ok I understand now, is this because you need a specialist solicitor?
    I will now only offer benefits advice on PIP, and specific benefits advice for other people with Epilepsy. 
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     No  apparently according to her profile  she is a specialist housing  homelessness  benifits and equality act .
     Take for instance  she said to me  that she was waiting for my GP  details  I emailed her this in Nov 2020 
    She shouts advises me to put in homeless application  as im homeless on ground s that it is unreasonable to occuoy due to fear of violience and health. then says  well leave that then she kept  nagging me to   registry  with council  for bidding .
    I told her that i will lose security  and  rents would be higher 
    I could be bidding for years.

    I gave her a letter from the GP that has 18 conditions  she should have used the equality  act.


     
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    The whole system is for perperateauurs  only 
    Not for those who need 
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    Hi all 
    Hope your all well.
    I've had some developments   regarding my housing benifits arrears.
    I've managed to get a case worker to assist with my arrears  that is nearly £1000 .
     Some of my neighbours are venomous  I received an email from housing benifit wanting  utility bills also they have put in the letter that  they want to know why  my post is being marked  addressee gone away 
    I know it's the neighbours this has happened before 
    Also in 2019 I was cashing money out from a machine near where I live my neighbour was watching me  on the same evening my bank called me to verify payments made there were 4 transactions made 
    Not by me.
    My bank cancelled the card and I had to collect from local branch  
    I reported to police 
    My neighbour also had fraud committed on her name    my letters and  other neighbour letters were being opened and ripped 

  • LadyLLadyL Member Posts: 46 Connected
    Hi @hass,
    I'm so sorry to hear you've been going through such a difficult time. 

    Not sure I have any good advice to give as I don't have much life experience. Most of the time I feel like I am just muddling through.

    Anyway, just wanted to say that you seem like a very brave person. I don't think I could deal with what you are going through. 

    Hopefully, the recent developments in your situation are the start of things beginning to get a bit better. 

    Take care and God bless you.
  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    Thank you 

    Its very apparent to me that perpetrators  get away with everthing  there is nothing for the victims 
  • MerlMerl Member Posts: 17 Courageous
    Hello Hass.

    I’m sorry to hear of your ordeal.   I have had ‘hate crime’ dealt against myself from my neighbours.  This was classed as ‘hate crime’ by the police who did a referral to Victim Support.  Have you heard of them and tried contacting them?  There number is 08 08 16 89 111 where they can direct you to your local Victim Support.


  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    Hi Thank you 
    This is beyond victim support 
    I've  endured this since 2006 
    Therfore its obviously the land lord  is not going to  get rid of these venomous people. 

    I've had my arrears reinstated by ho using benifit   by an organisation   .
    Housing benifit are aware that I'm away due to fear of violience  
    Thrse neighbours are venomous  and sad they have nothing going on in there life and pray on women  instead 

    I know need a competent sociolotor  as the one I have is  not helping me at all and I had to tell her that i qualify for the 52 week  housing benifit rule  if claimant is at risk of violience. 
    Violience with respect does not  mean physical  its can be other types intimation etc

  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    Lady L pls don't put yourself down 
    Your amazing .
    I do t feel grace the whole system has let me down  .
    Had I had better support in becoming  
    I would nt be in this situation .
    It's taken yrs of my life   im know left in  a rubbish bin worthless  nothing to show for my self  socially excluded in all areas of society.


  • hasshass Member Posts: 128 Courageous
     I would urge anyone in housing situation 
    To read this 
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/26/demand-for-action-on-racial-harassment-in-social-housing

    https://anthonygold.co.uk/people/debra-wilson/

    Essentially anyone who moves in social housing  or does an exchange and  asks  housing department of any anti social behaviour landlords have to disclose it 

    My case is similar 

  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,697

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    Hello @hass and thanks for the update, I'm sorry to hear that things still aren't great for you, is there anything that we can do to support you? 

    I appreciate it's something we've spoken about in the past, but we're always keen to make sure we're helping you as much as we possibly can, and if not we're always happy to explore potential avenues that you could go down. You are always welcome to refer to our previous emails, or contact us on [email protected] if you fancy a chat. 

    On this community you will never be considered worthless, and I'm sorry that the actions of others have caused you to feel that way. Do you have the support of any friends or other loved ones at this time? And do you have any hobbies or interests that are helping you to feel better and relax for a bit?

    You can find some helpful coping techniques here from Mind, and if you want to speak with anybody you can give our helpline a call, that might help you feel a bit less socially isolated.
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,729

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    Hi @hass :) Have you been able to give Ross' comment a read? How have things been recently? 
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