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Housing Crisis in the rental section

Comment 16th August 2010

Having recently received a state pension and living in social housing I find that there are only two options open to me. Renting privately is out of the question because of all the outlay, the 6 weeks deposit the months rent in advance, the agency fees, requisite before even moving in. In social housing  now there are so many bad neighbours, with addictions, criminal histories or generally just noisy at night and inconsiderate that the only other option is to move into sheltered housing. Why is there no other option for those who cannot afford to buy, please? Sheltered housing is more expensive due to the costs of supporting manager, etc, but if a person is fit, healthy and very independent, likes privacy and doesnt want a red pull cord in possibly every room or someone knocking on their door every day to check whether they are all right and still alive the truth is that there is simply NO ALTERNATIVE but to rent social housing with often unscrupulous housing organisations who have no respect for the law in what they do or say and bad neighbours who can make life a hell on Earth. There is a housing crisis in England which needs to be addressed by this government! Now, it may not be a popular subject due to the fact it is about the needs of the poorer members of society but poor people are not automatically bad people.

Why does this matter?

It is really about social justice and a right to basic needs being met. Home is where the heart is cannot apply in the often terrible circumstances which prevail in social housing. Housing is not a trivial issue. If the home isnt a place where it is possible to rest or find peace or be free from constant harassment it is very serious and also affects the health. If tenants in this type of housing were not viewed as pariahs (I quote the term used by a tenant on this web site) and unimportant then this situation would have been already addressed not years but decades ago!

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