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    • katsopdon
    • By katsopdon 11th Mar 17, 2:26 PM
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    Can't rend even with 00000s!
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    • 11th Mar 17, 2:26 PM
    Can't rend even with 00000s! 11th Mar 17 at 2:26 PM
    Hi all,
    I need some sensible advice.

    I split with ex-H in 2016 and he has now sold the house (his house in his name only) which completes 31 March.

    I do not work, though I am looking to return to work (as a solicitor) within the next few months. I have 2 children aged 2 + 7.

    I have enough from the equity to pay a year's rent upfront along with deposit. No pets. I would have enough left over to cover bills and rent for another year.

    I don't have any landlord references as I've always owned.

    I currently receive 800 child maintenance (private arrangement) as well as the usual benefits like income support.

    I have looked at and applied for several rental properties but they have always chosen a different applicant who works.

    I have offered a year upfront and to pay the next year before the first has run out, but still no luck. I'm getting asked for an income other than savings, benefits or child support to prove I can continue paying rent and bills which seems unfair as I can show a bank statement with thousands in but they won't accept it as income! I'm getting asked how I will pay the rent after the first 12 months and I've said I would pay the next year upfront and early, but still not good enough!

    At a push I could get a guarantor but it's only possible, not likely he will agree. The only other person would be ex-H, who refuses to as he doesn't want to link us financially again and doesn't earn enough for 30x the rent.

    Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
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    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 13th Mar 17, 10:38 AM
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    My rent for 12 months is 7700 - Your rent is 641.66 a month? that's very precise, and also in may places not likely to get something for adult and 2 children , she could have less than 16k and be able to pay upfront for a year easily - yes I agree, she could. but the title suggested she had more. And 16,000 isn't a lot from equity in a house if the ex-h is paying 800 a month for 2 kids. . I assume she'll also be using the child maintenance as savings to build the funds back up as if she were paying rent each month. - Well I'd like to think not, as that money is for the children's day to day expenses. Sure some of that is rent, but there's also utilities, food, clothing etc.

    OP have you looked at gumtree or local facebook pages to see if you can find a private landlord?
    Originally posted by WibblyGirly

    I'd suggest contacting the agencies and explaining the situation. Without being funny millions of single parents rent homes without work.
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