Anyone applied for a council house? [uk]

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    Jun 20, 2013 10:59 AM GMT
    I keep getting threatened with being kicked out, and things are pretty tense here at home so i've been looking (again) at ways to move out and on. Has anybody had any experience with successfully applying for a flat from the council? It's really daunting to me and any advice/tips/whatever would be great.

    I was looking last night, and the gov website says you don't have to live in the area to apply for a house/get on the waiting list, which is nice. I'm on the HomeTrustChoice for Cheshire list already, or at least i was last year but that sort of fell through because of little input from me, mostly because i wanted a quiet life and no hassle from my family for leaving. Not sure if i'm still on that list, but if i'm not it hardly matters because they only owned places in the local area

    So.. Advice? I would like to live in a city and get my self sorted, rather than next door to Courage the Cowardly Dog (aka nowhere) and continue down this dark path that living at home is leading me down. I'm eligible for housing benefit but i just don't know where to start and thats really beating me down right now.

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    Jun 20, 2013 11:05 AM GMT
    The waiting list is (many) years long- especially for a single, childless, healthy, adult male. You could complete studies in an undergraduate degree, masters and a doctorate before finally being allocated anything. If you're lucky.

    You're best bet is to rent privately in the meantime.
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:13 AM GMT
    Honey+_70e605a3e94b6e1cf15388df036394b0.

    I'm not healthy though, i'm pretty batshit mentally so i was hoping that would speed things up a little bit. I had a look at private renting, and i wouldn't be able to meet those payments right now :
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:19 AM GMT
    fluffym00se saidHoney+_70e605a3e94b6e1cf15388df036394b0.

    I'm not healthy though, i'm pretty batshit mentally so i was hoping that would speed things up a little bit. I had a look at private renting, and i wouldn't be able to meet those payments right now :


    Even still, you'd pretty much have to be extremely mentally ill/impaired, to the degree that you already are being cared for by the Mental Health Team, to qualify for a priority need. It's a pretty shitty outlook tbh.

    If you are eligible for Housing Benefit, that ought to be a big help for private renting. You'd probably be looking at renting a room in a shared home though.
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:31 AM GMT
    Yeah, i figured it could be something grim like that. I really don't know if i could do a shared home thing, right now the idea scares me to the point of shitting a brick. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:37 AM GMT
    Yeah. It's gonna be a struggle to get a place for you. Especially in a city. I'd suggest trying to start a career and then moving out/ renting privately. It may seem daunting but it's perhaps the best option you've got at the moment.
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:49 AM GMT
    fable saidYeah. It's gonna be a struggle to get a place for you. Especially in a city. I'd suggest trying to start a career and then moving out/ renting privately. It may seem daunting but it's perhaps the best option you've got at the moment.


    I'd agree with this find yourself a job that pays enough for you to live independently. Even if it's as little as a bedsit it's a starting point and from there you can work your way up if you seriously don't want to live where you are presently.
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    Jun 20, 2013 12:26 PM GMT
    I seem to remember FitGwynedd saying he was in one?