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    • benidorm59
    • By benidorm59 15th Aug 17, 8:55 PM
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    LA Warden Flat
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    • 15th Aug 17, 8:55 PM
    LA Warden Flat 15th Aug 17 at 8:55 PM
    Just wondering if anyone can offer some advice, an elderly neighbour own and lives in a large detached property which is totally unsuitable for her. Access to the property is up or down steep steps and she is getting frail and anxious as she has had a few falls of late. She is happy to sell the home but she is in desperate need of an LA warden flat. She has gone on the list being given a rating of four and been told there is not much chance. She has gotten the councillor involved and he advised her to get in touch with a social worker. She cant live with family, private suitable rents are non existent and she is now nearly a prisoner in her own home. Thanks in advance
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    • benidorm59
    • By benidorm59 20th Sep 17, 7:20 PM
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    Apparently she may get a higher banding under medical needs, ie she is disabled and the house isn't suitable so they are assessing her situation for a higher banding, the process is first they assess her financially then medically. As she has a property they put her in band D automatically and because they now find she may have different needs they are looking at her case again.
    Last edited by benidorm59; 20-09-2017 at 7:43 PM.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 20th Sep 17, 9:03 PM
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    This is true, but don't expect it to happen immediately because there is often a waiting list.

    My Dad had his own place and was offered sheltered accommodation by housing associations. Unfortunately, by the time the offers arrived, his health had deteriorated, and he was unable to accept the type of property being offered.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    I am trying to tell a 90 year old relative that he should seek sheltered accommodation, but he cannot see the point, he will when its too late.
    It may already be too late.

    • benidorm59
    • By benidorm59 11th Oct 17, 5:37 PM
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    Well the LA has reassessed her and she has been given a sheltered flat which hopefully she will get the keys for soon. Does anyone know if she will have to pay council tax on her old property on her old property when she moves in to the flat.

    The house will be empty and on the market. She knows that she will pay rent and council tax on the new property
    • cte1111
    • By cte1111 11th Oct 17, 6:17 PM
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    Well the LA has reassessed her and she has been given a sheltered flat which hopefully she will get the keys for soon. Does anyone know if she will have to pay council tax on her old property on her old property when she moves in to the flat.

    The house will be empty and on the market. She knows that she will pay rent and council tax on the new property
    Originally posted by benidorm59
    Great to hear that you friend has been found suitable accommodation. In terms of council tax on her old house, I think it depends on the policy of the Local Authority. As your friend has effectively been forced to move because of her disability, they may grant her a discount or allow a period without Council Tax, whilst it is being sold. She would need to contact them to ask about a discount.

    If you know which council it is, then looking on their website, usually xxx.gov.uk, for details of their policy and how to apply. xxx would be the relevant city / town / county. As she has already been in contact with her local councillor, they might well also be able to help with this issue.
    • boliston
    • By boliston 11th Oct 17, 9:05 PM
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    Just remember that after 2 years a vacant and unsold property will attract a 150% council tax charge.
    • benidorm59
    • By benidorm59 2nd Jan 18, 6:51 PM
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    So she signed for the LA property two weeks ago and its still not ready to move in to, needs hand rails for the bath room, garden secured and boiler fixing she has been told she has to pay rent now, but she cant move in till these snags are fixed
    • HampshireH
    • By HampshireH 2nd Jan 18, 8:18 PM
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    Adaptations and securing the garden would not be part of any void standard deemed urgent enough to do whilst untenanted.

    The OT should have put their request in for hand rails etc and only once tenancy is active would they be installed (incase the person never signs and the next person didn't need them this wasting money)

    All 're let properties in social housing must have had a valid gas safety check. For the boiler not to be working at all would be unusual but not so if it could be tested and then parts on order.

    That said it could have been working fine and failed between the test and her moving in. She would have a copy of the certificate though so be able to confirm this.

    She will be expected to pay rent from the day the signed the tenancy. The boiler would be the only thing I may query but it very much depends on its problem.
    • HampshireH
    • By HampshireH 2nd Jan 18, 8:19 PM
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    I assume she is choosing not to move in. Very very unusual for a L.A. to insist a tenancy be signed and then tell the tenant they are not to move in.
    • benidorm59
    • By benidorm59 2nd Jan 18, 9:02 PM
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    thanks that makes sense they took note of what she needed and said they would do them . The boiler though seems to have a cover missing
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