I’ve received an email today from my Landlord – Outlining the fact that they are powerless to stop the private tenants from making up complaints (to play the system & force investigations).
The landlord has to (by Stealth Discrimination Law) investigate each one & they are apologising to me for this However they see no option but to offer me a move – Fully funded by them, (they will organise movers, organise people to help with putting up my internal decor at the new property, pay for people to dig my Koi Pond up & safely transport it etc).
This is to stop the Private Owners (In I hasten to add, exactly the same houses, just bought by Right-To-Buy) from complaining. (The Landlord has confirmed they will probably not put a Socially Housed tenant in my property again due to this).
After being in my home for 20 years I fail to see why just because I am Socially Housed I am forced into this situation. I also fail to see why hard working tax payers such as me & YOU have to pay for all these investigations & possibly a very expensive move. I know it’s because of the Stealth laws utilised by diversifying Landlords & as I’ve stated previously Claire Fox had it completely right (Click on link for speech). BUT should I be forced to leave? I don’t think its right! Why can’t we have equal rights as tenants???
An area where the “Social Housing” has declined as tenants have moved on, the Houses have been sold?
Anyone who says Social Cleansing isn’t happening – I hope you never find yourself labelled – regardless of whether that label is (never in my opinion) deserved. As no amount of proving your innocence, No amount of Paying your way, employing people (actually even helping some of the locals get jobs), No amount of maintaining dignity in the face of spitting & swearing neighbours can ever take away the stigma that has been forced upon the “Socially Housed” over the last decade; by nannying -self-appointed , draconian, governing housing bodies, which should be concerning themselves with providing affordable housing – NOT investigating their tenants Social/moral/education/financial/parental capabilities on the whim of a complaint by a Private Owner.
I am dreading the weekend – as this is the time when my particular neighbours know I am usually home alone & I am barraged with abuse – from slamming gates – screaming at my dog – hurling things over my garden – Playing loud music at all hours (& complaining its coming from my house) – spitting at me & my children to having complaints about me doing just the above to the Private Owners… Sad thing is, their complaints about me will elicit a response from my Landlord (the place they can go to complain) – My complaints about them have to go to the Authorities such as the police & then I am told it’s a “Civil Matter” & why don’t I just move. Therefore, I don’t bother any more.
I have 7 years of recordings, diary sheets, witnesses (police, wardens, council officials, friends) yet am unable to even get a warning given to the Private Owners – They however get me a “Breach of tenancy” letter with one email…
So its Fight or Flight!
I’m so so tired of this – I was 35 & my youngest daughter was 9 when this started, I’m 46 & she’s 19 now.
Right – That’s enough of that!
I have had email after email from people in the same situation as me – forcibly “stealth – discriminated” into an under-class state & I am ready for a fight now!
I have already written to the Housing Minister & Shadow Housing Minister & have plans to widen the net.
I want the laws changed!
Have a lovely weekend everyone in the same position as me – I will sleep better knowing I am not alone & so should you! There is strength in numbers.