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Dad wants me out the house

It says my area one bedroom would be nearly 200£ a week. Does that mean I can rent a place costing £800 (ish) and they will pay for all of that, and I will continue to get my £700 from the rest of UC?

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Yes how nice is that lol :)actually one second I think you have it wrong @StarCrazy

HOLY ■■■■!
I thought I was expected to live off 700 including rent. This is so good. Ty so much for the help.

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Actually it won’t be that much… Sorry for the false hope.

You need to press shared accommodation under how many rooms because the one bedroom one that you pressed is for non shared accommodation which you are not entitled to if you do not have pip…

But yes it’s more than 700 @StarCrazy

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I don’t know if you can answer but I hope you dont mind answering if you can.

If I live with other people (friends) where we are all tenents would I be able to claim housing benefit under shared housing?

Also why can I not get housing benefit as a 1 room?

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You would need to ask the local job centre, I don’t know.

Or call up that official universal credit number on your official letters from them. And ask them directly…best still is to ask both to confirm you have the right answer.

Because that is only if you have pip.
People on pip have more severe disability and require more of their own space hence the one bedroom flat entitlement.

If you do not receive pip then you are only entitled to the shared accommodation rate of housing which is not huge amounts.

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BUT it is more than JUST the personal allowance

Btw

When you have an important question like this

If I live with other people (friends) where we are all tenents would I be able to claim housing benefit under shared housing?

Then I find it is important to call UC at least twice speaking to two different people.

Because,… I have been told different things by different staff!

And you don’t want to make a mistake here trust me.

@StarCrazy

Anyways I must try to sleep now I’m waking up early for group therapy but please feel free to fire more questions at me I’m happy to share what I know. :slight_smile:

, @StarCrazy

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It is good for you to have someone be able to support you financially in the emergency case where the application process takes longer than 2 months so you can stay at the new room. Whilst you pay out of your pocket.

There’s a chance you may get backpay you can ask them.

@StarCrazy

But I think usually the application process doesn’t take longer than 2 months.

Edit,

But double check that with the UC people!

@StarCrazy

:))

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I tried to talk to my mum about this and I just ended up shouting at her.
She’s normally really supportive so I feel bad, but I just feel really stressed all the time since this happened and it makes me feel really hopeless that I’m not getting anywhere with this.
Really not doing okay.

I called my MH team (which I never do) they told me they’d call back, and they never did. It’s now out of hours. I could call the crisis line I guess.

I just don’t want to do anything and keep thinking about death.

Is this about not being able to find a place to live or not having the motivation to be able to find a place?

I stayed up until 3AM looking at places.
Im more just worried about finding a place that is in a good spot (I don’t drive), has everything I need, and I can afford.
There were two properties near me that has 2/3 of these things, but neither of them had washing machines in the property. Meaning I would have to lug my washing to a laundrette (which I really hate doing).

Also many furnished properties don’t have proper desks. If they have a table its some tiny little coffee table. I want a desk for my PC. Just things like that weigh on me.
I’ve had a headache all day just from stress of it.
Every time I hear a car on the road I worry its my Dad and he’ll want to talk with me again.

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Could you buy a laptop instead and use it on your bed with a flat support board under it to protect it from the mattress?

Just a suggestion.

But yea if not that’s cool too, we all have our preferences.

Yea moving places is stressful…, I get that. Especially trying to find the right place.

Nah. PC is like my main activity. I need a desk. Much better for my posture etc.

Today my MH team called back (24 hours later) and said they would talk to some charity that helps people at risk of homelessness and see if they can give me support in finding somewhere, and help filling in forms etc. I’m so glad. I feel like thats exactly what I need.
Sometimes I wish my Mum could be that support person who fixes these kind of problems, but I guess its asking a lot.

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at least you getting some help… that is nice =)

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You can always buy a desk. People are always selling or giving them away on FB. Most furnished places won’t have one, that’s an extra.

But will they be okay with that? Won’t they be annoyed at it?
Like also can I tell landlords “I don’t want this couch” and things like that?
Some places I was looking at would have space for a desk if they removed the sofa.

First things first, you need to find a landlord or agency that is willing to accept housing benefit, and that is hard to find.

My agency wants the hb paid directly to them from the council and I needed a a deposit and a months rent in advance too. They also needed a guarantor to be liable if rent isn’t paid in full (arrears)

My housing benefit covers part of my rent and I have to pay a top up out of my benefits. My hb is £392 and my rent is £537 pm. If I didn’t get PIP then I wouldn’t be able to afford to live here.

Once a year the landlord/agency puts the rent up. Housing benefit is frozen and has been since the crash.

Good luck, you are going to need it!

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Depends on the landlord. Some might remove the sofa, others m8ght not. You really have to just talk to them.

Yeah thanks for the advice Labrat. Im gonna try and apply for PIP again because it feels like I’m gonna need it. I already applied twice and was pretty close in my last one (1 point short). Have an appointment with CAB in a couple of weeks. Just gotta hold out til then

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