General Article John’s story. ‘The new limit on stays in temporary accommodation is incredible, it’s going to change

Topic Selected: Homelessness Book Volume: 398

‘It was a surprise to me the way it all happened, when I became homeless. I lost my job in 2015 after a period of ill-health and had to apply for welfare benefits. I had been staying in a private rental since 2012 and in late 2018, the landlord decided to sell the flat and gave me two months’ notice.

I was in a really difficult situation in the period of time between getting the notice and the end of the tenancy. I had no success in securing another private flat, due in part to my status as a Housing Benefit recipient. As soon as I was given notice, I went to Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership who referred me to Crisis, who in turn advised me to contact the City of Edinburgh Council.

I went directly to the Council office and explained my situation, in short that I was going to be made homeless in two months time. Although I was given some information on the Council’s procedure, I was told to come back and present as homeless on the day my tenancy ended. I couldn’t believe it. That...

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