Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
We have 18 properties in and around East, South & North London and the Home Counties, of which 11 are housing benefit tenants who we’ve never had problems with all these years bar one.
Any day of the week we would accept a Housing Benefit Tenant and would love to accommodate our cleaner’s cousin who needs a 2 bed place urgently.
The tenant in question is a single mother working part time, originally from the Philippines approximately 20 years ago and exceptionally clean, as per their reputation as more often than not people from the Philippines are cleaners of high end properties and many are carers in care homes. She has two well behaved girls aged 16 & 12.
She left the previous place due to serious dilapidations that the landlord needed to correct and to do so needed the property uninhabited. Her previous landlord would love these tenants back once the works are done but they can’t wait. She therefore moved out yesterday after the statutory 2 months notice period and found a place she could move in to. She paid a holding deposit and was duly referenced up okay. However, she was about to pay the balance of deposit yesterday and collect the keys, only to find it’s been re-let to someone else!
The agent is yet to refund holding deposit – an argument I will help her address but her priority is to find a new home ASAP as she cannot impose on her cousin’s kindness for too long & although she is under no pressure to leave by her cousin. She dearly wants to be independent again before Xmas.
All Letting Agents in East London are saying they no longer have Landlords who let to Housing Benefit Tenants due the poor treatment by the Housing Benefit Offices.
I still do, as I find that as tenants they can be the best and tend to stay and keep the place immaculate.
All my tenancies in the East London area do not come up for another 6 months, otherwise I would be offering her one of our places.
She has a deposit saved so no need to worry about the useless Bond Guarantee Schemes.
She’s looking at rent up to ideally a maximum of £1300 pcm.
Does anybody have a two bed place to let in East London?
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