It has been 146 days since the section 21 arrived and 66 days since it expired. It was 49 days after it expired before I was moved.
I have been in this temporary house for 17 days. It costs £358.98 per week to keep us here.The average social rent for a 3 bedroomed place here is around £90-100 per week. My Local Housing Allowance (housing benefit) rate is £219.23 per week.
I made over 200 phone calls to Letting agents, Landlords and Local Adverts. I got 0 viewings. Average rents for 3 bedroomed Private rented places for this area are around £1200 per month. This leaves a shortfall of around £300 per month. The cheapest place I enquired about was £900 per month.
There are 4 bands for the choice based social housing system my Local Authority use. I am still in the 3rd (C) priority band. there are 9,311 other applicants in this band with me. 14,608 people are on the list in total.
So far, I have bid on 13 properties. You can make 3 bids each fortnightly session.This session has 0 3 bedroomed properties available to me. None of the properties I have bid on have been allocated to band C applicants. Those 13 properties had 2489 bids in total. The highest number bidding on one property was 320 and the lowest was 60.
To date I have spent £230 on storage and van hire. I have been fined £324 in court costs from the Possession Order. I dread to think what it will cost me to replace the furniture I had to sell and give away.
I have had countless sleepless nights since this started.
My daughter now travels for 60 minutes to school. She has missed 4 days of school because of this.
We will shortly be moved to our 2nd temporary home where we will be housed until one of our bids gets accepted.
I have had 1 meeting with my Housing Officer.
I have written to 13 local councillors and MPs. I got 3 replies. But none of the promised follow-ups.
It takes 16,000 steps to walk to town and back from here (this is a good thing!). It used to take less then 7,500. But with a 3 year old used to shorter walks it’s meant a huge increase in my bus costs.
I have had to withdraw 1 application to university and postpone my career for one more year.
And a few light hearted numbers: 2 is the number of times I have watched buzz lightyear today and it’s not even 10 am. My son has told me he loves me 5 times already today (admittedly twice because he wants jelly…) I have had 3 cups of coffee and now feel almost human. My daughter has raided my purse for £2.50 today – since when did ‘mufty day’ cost £1.50?? I have probably used my calculator more times today then the whole of this year!
It certainly is a numbers game. I’m just another number on the list.