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I have two Children, one who has autism and adhd, we live in a house suitable to our needs but have recently been having some problems with my ex partner. So i applied for a move as this was beginning to unsettle my son but the person i saw at the housing office laughed and i was told i'd have no chance of getting another house as i don't have police reports, but i know from experience that going to police will make the situation worse, so i feel my housing association were not helping me at all. We stayed at my mother and fathers house for a few days there so they could see the Children over the christmas period, when we went home (three nights ago) we walked into the house to find that the ceilings had caved in, water was pouring through the roof and there was about a foot of water already on on the floor. My son started crying and was very distressed, everything in the house was absoloutely ruined and i tried to salvage some things but nothing was worth saving as every room was affected. We have had to go back to My mothers as this is the only other place my boys will stay and my eldest feels comfortable enough to be in. Someone from the housing department came to see me and told me they would move us into a decant house in a block of high rise flats, until they fix my house which i refused as my son needs to be in a lower ground house and i don't want to move him into a temporary house as he won't cope well with being moved out of it in a few months time so i would prefer they tried to get me a permanent house elsewhere as i had already applied for another move. The person i spoke to said i would have to ask my housing officer about this. Also i was told i wouldn't be compensated for what we have lost as it may have been the attic tank above the man who lives upstairs(i live in a four in a block) that burst and they don't compensate anyone if this happens. We have nothing now and i'm a single parent who is unemployed. But they know this man has been in hospital for 3 months and i feel it should have been their responsibility to check the house to make sure all was ok. Sorry for the long post i am just wondering where i stand with all of this. Thanks Smile
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Welcome to the forum and im sorry to hear that your christmas has been a tough one.
Lets see if we can clear somethings up Smile

1) i saw at the housing office laughed and i was told i'd have no chance of getting another house as i don't have police reports, but i know from experience that going to police will make the situation worse
Having been a child in the situation of domestic violence i can imagine that by going to the police it will be a tough option and one which may have some after effects.
I remember a time my dad was arrested for breaking my mums nose and he was arrested at 11pm and bailed at 3am and came back to the house to try and kick the door in.
This was around 17 years ago so i would hope the police have upped the game since then but you are no doubt worried about the trouble.
This is why i would suggest taking a look at the womans aid website

I would suggest taking specialist advice from a domestic violence specialist who could possibly advise on getting an injuction served and ensuring you are safe whilst that process gets underway.

I believe the council officer was out of order in the way he laughed about the situation and showed no compassion whatsoever and if you do have the fight in you make a complaint as it could be someone else in your shoes having the same treatment in the future.
However the advice he gave looks correct in terms of needing the police reports as the council would look to have a homelessness application and to do this would reply on reports from proffesionals to provide evidence.

Therefore it is vital that all aspects of evidence are provided and i believe most councils would ask for reports from the police.

However due to the worry you have also do take the time to speak with womans aid about this and they maybe able to offer more dedicated help.

Moving onto the flood issues...........

Someone from the housing department came to see me and told me they would move us into a decant house in a block of high rise flats, until they fix my house which i refused as my son needs to be in a lower ground house and i don't want to move him into a temporary house as he won't cope well with being moved out of it in a few months time

Legally the council have an obligation to provide accomdation to avoid you facing being homeless and in terms of the property being suitable has a medical needs housing application ever been made or granted due to your sons condition?
If a medical needs application has been done previously they have a duty to follow this when applying any housing offer.
If no medical needs have been identified in terms of housing then legally they have fufilled there legal obligation of offering a property and be cautious about turning anything down as they only need make a certain number of offers but i will try and check how many in your local area.

Also i was told i wouldn't be compensated for what we have lost as it may have been the attic tank above the man who lives upstairs(i live in a four in a block) that burst and they don't compensate anyone if this happens

Do you know who owns the other flat?
Is the other flat a owned flat or a council flat?
Either way by law the owner should have buildings insurance which should cover the damage to your property.
May i suggest you take legal advice on this matter from a specialist housing solictor or possibly worth seeing if shelter can help.

What a tough start to the new year for you and im sorry to hear your going through such a hard time.
One thing to remember though is that although it will be tough there is help to get you through this and you will get through this.

Keep us updated and stick around as we have some truly wonderful members who will be there to listen Smile




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