Mercy Law Resource Centre recently helped a client to be placed on a local authority housing list and obtain a housing needs assessment letter. This letter enables our client to apply for rent supplement, to subsidise private rented accommodation for him while he awaits housing from the local authority.
Our client had recently separated from his wife and unfortunately there was no prospect of reconciliation. The couple had been living in a house provided by a voluntary housing association but in April 2012 the client left the family home. Since then, he had been living in emergency accommodation with his son.
Mercy Law Resource Centre assisted the client with his application to the local authority to be placed on its housing list. Mercy Law Resource Centre informed the local authority that our client had to be placed on the housing list to be housed with his son and that our client could not reasonably be expected to live with his estranged wife in circumstances where their marriage had broken down.
The local authority, having considered Mercy Law Resource Centre’s submission and the documents we submitted on behalf of our client, noted our client and his son on the housing list. It also gave him a housing needs assessment letter which enables our client apply for rent supplement. Our client would, in receiving rent supplement, be able to afford private rented accommodation while awaiting local authority housing.
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