- Aug 2, 2014
I live in a private rented flat. I'm not on the council's housing waiting list - I was for many years but then they removed me because they said that there was no chance of me ever being offered a place; I have mixed emotions about this because I wouldn't want to live in about 90% of my council's jurisdiction. I am on the waiting list in a neighbouring borough, obviously as a non-resident I am less likely to get somewhere than residents; I do occasionally bid for places - but I'm 42 & most of their one bedroom flats are for the over 50s, there is also the issue of pets - I have a dog & cat & when they die I will want to 'replace' them (many flats do not accept pets, it's usually the non age restricted places that don't). I am worried that this council may change their rules regarding non-residents being on the housing register (this happened with a couple of other neighbouring boroughs who I registered with), with this in mind I'm wondering if I should move to another private rented flat in that borough & then hopefully get a council place there when I'm 50; I've seen a flat which is just over the border, the thing is though a) I can't afford the deposit myself & b) I do not have the energy to do all the work required for a move.