She’s threatening to throw him out
My brother is 65 and has lived with a woman for 35 years. He has worked exceptionally hard, but he had to take redundancy due to his failing health. He has always paid every bill, apart from food, while she has treated herself to the good life. Now all his money has gone and she has moved into a separate room in their council house. His name has never been on the rent book and I think that she is going to throw him out. I have begged him to come with me to get help, but he shuts himself away. What are his rights legally? The fact that your brother won’t come with you to get help suggests that he is so stressed, he can’t face the problems ahead of him. You should get in touch with Focus Ireland ( 01 671 2555, focusireland.ie), which helps anyone facing homelessness by providing expert support and advice about their rights and options. Your brother could look at its website with you or visit a centre. However, if he still won’t come, tell him that you are going on his behalf to find out his legal rights. Experts have told me that the offer of a new home by the council depends on specific circumstances, but the council can provide emergency housing if someone meets certain criteria. He could join a waiting list for a council home, but it takes time to be offered somewhere permanent. Your brother should probably also see his GP about depression.