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30-04-2012

Moving Out

Iím 25 and have recently moved out of my parentís house. I wanted to stay in the borough I have grown up in and built a relationship with, but the rents there are extortionate and rising fast. Instead I have had to move to a cheaper outer London borough. Moving is a stressful enough experience and thatís without having to deal with council services that have been cut to the bone and dodgy landlords looking to bleed you dry.

Iím 25 and have recently moved out of my parentís house. I wanted to stay in the borough I have grown up in and built a relationship with, but the rents there are extortionate and rising fast. Instead I have had to move to a cheaper outer London borough. Moving is a stressful enough experience and thatís without having to deal with council services that have been cut to the bone and dodgy landlords looking to bleed you dry. Firstly I had to lie to the estate agent as most landlords wonít take on Housing Benefit claimants. This is just through sheer snobbery; these people seriously believe the myths about benefits claimants as being unemployed and workshy people who wonít pay the rent. If you donít want benefit claimants then donít charge rents of well over £1000 per household! To make matters worse this unseen and unheard landlord, that I pay money to every month, hasnít signed my tenancy agreement so Iíve had to make up a signature in order to provide proof to the council that I do in fact live in the house. Then you actually have to get the Housing Benefit. It took the council a month to get back to me a month after I made my claim. Then I had to repeatedly wait on the phone for 15 minutes a time in order to talk to advisors. There have been huge job cuts directly to the service that deals with benefits claims in the last month which means there are less staff to deal with my claim, and presumably thousands of others. Having given them all the evidence and jumped through all the hoops three months on I am still waiting for my first payment. As a result I have wracked up debts of £1,200 in loans I have had to take out to pay the rent. I have a never been in debt before and itís very distressing for a low paid worker like myself. All in all moving has made me poorer as a result of the Housing Benefit cap for under-35s, greedy landlords and cuts to local services. On top of that my expensive Ďnew homeí is filthy, rat infested and disgusting. If I had known all this before I had moved I would have stayed at my parentís place. But can I, like thousands of others, be forced to live in my parentís small home until Iím 35 or am able to get a higher paying job whilst unemployment is so high? Moving shouldnít be like this. We need a cap on rents not benefits. We need to stop landlords of profiteering at our expense. We also need a programme of affordable council house building; this would provide home and jobs and keep rents low. That why I am fighting back, that why Iím joining Young Londoners Ė Forced Out. Anonymous, angry young Londoner