by Jeremy Smith
19:01 PM, 25th July 2013, About 10 years ago 25
My Question is for a friend of mine…
He is in Council rented accomodation, he has been there for 16 years, but the tenancy was originally made in his wife’s name only, he moved in, expecting his wife and son to follow shortly, but she never did when the fell out and eventually got divorced.
He has never had any tenancy paperwork in his name but has always paid the rent, does he have an assured tenancy as a matter of default since he has been there for so long and he has always paid, and the council have always accepted the rent from him.
I thought if someone was living in a property from years ago, even without a written tenancy aggr. they automatically had an assured tenacy, similar to the automatic AST one would automatically get nowadays.
I ask, because there are moves to evict him, but only him, from the block of flats.
He is very quiet, keeps himself to himself, so is no trouble to anyone, but has had trouble/harrassment from this same councillor before, who is trying to get him out this time.
His flat was assessed for a new kitchen and bathroom about 6 years ago, and both got condemned, but nothing ever got done about it. Recently he was advised to take it up with ‘decent homes’ in the council, but this enquiry seems to have triggered off this action from this councillor for his area. (this councillor is the housing officer I believe)
He is in a two bed flat, and it’s felt they are doing this to try to get it off him for a single child/young children family.
My friend has had mental health issues in the past and is still not fully recovered and is very stessed by the whole situation.