Family homes need to house children
I LIVED in a three-bed council house in Yiewsley for 24 years.
When my children, now 30 and 27, had their own children, they each applied to Hillingdon Council for housing for themselves and their families.
They were both told that there was no social housing in the borough and they had to find their own accommodation.
They are now paying exorbitant rents to private landlords. In fact, my daughter has been given notice to quit her home as the landlord wants to sell the flat. On a recent visit to the council offices with her ‘notice to quit’, she was once again advised that there is no social housing and she has again to find her own private rented accommodation.
This obviously involves finding a deposit and advance rent.
When I decided to move home and give my house back to the council, my daughter asked if she could take over the tenancy.
She was told she did not qualify for three bedrooms as she only had one child. My son then asked if he could take over the tenancy as he has two children, a girl and a boy. He was told he did not qualify as his children aged seven and two were too young to need separate bedrooms.
I would like to know why the three bed family home I vacated has been given to two young single men.
Why has it not been used to house a family? I think it is scandalous that my children find themselves in the situation they are in, while two young men are allowed to occupy a three bed house.