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Has anyone ever had their house repossessed and had to move into a council house?

I'm about to lose my home through divorce and loss of job. I have 4 kids and will be classed as homeless. I've been told there is a chjance I may be offered a council house. Can u tell me what to expect and what house is likely to be like?

Asked By: poohstix - 8/10/2007
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honey , i know how you are feeling my dad has left my mum pennyless, and we got the same problem . but my dad is dead. and now we are at treat of losing our big& lovely home . so i may have to get used to living in shi,t . it is not fair !
Answered By: tutyfruity - 8/10/2007
Additional Answers (30)
I've not had personal experience but my neice has. I think the house will probably be of a good size, most council houses are, although perhaps not in a desirable area. Good luck x
Answered By: babyrachel - 8/10/2007
 
Sorry you've had such a rough ride... More
Answered By: elouise N - 8/10/2007
 
I've lived in a council house and then a flat for over 35 years and both have been lovely. The flat I am in now was a right mucky place when it was offered to me but I accepted it as it had access for my wheelchair. Anyway when I received the keys my family moved in en masse and totally scrubbed every inch and painted... More
Answered By: dozyllama - 8/10/2007
 
I live in a Council House, its a 2 bedroom semi detached Bungalow, with a massive garden, not all Council homes are rubbish. A home is what you make it. Why people look down their noses at Council Houses I don't know, I've lived here since my marriage ended a good many years ago, and I hope the only way I will ever... More
Answered By: Roxy. - 8/10/2007
 
your screwed the council will stich you up in a house no one else wants i do mean this
Answered By: Shambo - 8/10/2007
 
I t depends on where you live and what area you want to live in. We moved from our own house into council accommodation in 2001, unfortunately we hated it. Towards the end of our stay there, a woman had been set on fire, a bloke broke into a neighbour's house in order to try and kill the occupant and we had our dog... More
Answered By: Hendo - 8/10/2007
 
not sure which council you r with but exactly the same thing happened to me although i had 2 children... More
Answered By: bingowings - 8/10/2007
 
I live in a council house. Its a good size, in a not bad area and i have made it just how i want it. You will get a home that is big enough for you and your kids. It is a bit of a hit or a miss to what kind of area you live in, but lets face it, even if you bought a house or rent privately, you could still be in a... More
Answered By: Lyn - 8/10/2007
 
usually pretty grotty on a lousy estate. (It happened to me many years ago.) However, if you are a good parent it will not matter. Make it the nicest home you possibly can without going into debt. Take some time to improve on your educational qualifications for a couple of yeras and then get a great job and be a... More
Answered By: Denise B - 8/10/2007
 
My wife and myself lost our house in 1993, we applied to the council for accommodation and we were sent to a Housing Association, who found us 2 bedroom house for us and our then two young boys.We were told we would be there for up to 2 years. 6 months later the council offered us a 3 bedroom house in a nice quite... More
Answered By: Chris P - 8/10/2007
 
No sorry I have never experienced this myself and I am really sorry for you. i agree with the answer that said to contact the Council and don't be pushed around. Your kids have the right to stay in whichever school they are in so don't compromise, if you don't like the area then say so. Unfortunately many councils... More
Answered By: sian p - 8/10/2007
 
i have a friend who is about to loose her house ,and she will be lucky to be put in a homeless room let alone a council house,they are desperatly looking into rented accomadation privatly as there are no council properties at the moment in our area
Answered By: dumplingmuffin - 8/10/2007
 
It really all depends on the area. If you have time try to research the estate first, Or may be You can have a say as to were you want to go.
Answered By: red lady-bird - 8/10/2007
 
Nope, I have no clue what a Council house is. Maybe it is similar to a shelter? If so, it is not too nice. Nor is is very permanent. Sorry to hear about your hard times. You'd better get a plan for your life. Your children need you to get your act together. NOW!
Answered By: Honeyface - 8/10/2007
 
I lost a house cause my job changed and I couldn't afford the mortgage. The county court judge said he would not put my family. wife and 3 kids on the street but gave possession to the mortgage co in a month/ I had a court document I could show the council to prove the imminent homelessness and the council gave us a 3... More
Answered By: dels replies - 8/10/2007
 
doesnt matter what its like - it will be a house & a home for your children. you are not a low-life scrounger..you were a home owner who has suffered through divorce & you have the children to support... More
Answered By: karen h - 8/10/2007
 
The same thing happened to my parents when an incompetent Tory chancellor caused Black Wednesday. Council houses are normally very well constructed houses provided they were built before the 60s or 70s and normally have a good sized garden. The council house they moved into was far better than the naff, crumbling... More
Answered By: owiginalwabbit - 8/10/2007
 
think yourselves Lucky to even be offered a house!!!
Answered By: MANDIE L - 8/10/2007
 
We lost our home through bankruptcy its a tough knock but hold your head up high and find the best of a bad situation for your kids sake. We have 4 kids and they have made loads of good friends and that makes us happy knowing that they are happy best of luck, its not all bad FRESH START
Answered By: Ste fireblade - 8/10/2007
 
This happened to my parents last year but they weren't lucky enough to get a council house. Council houses are generally quite big in proportion lived in one most my life growing up. The council are liable for repairs and I know in our area are constantly installing new windows, doors, kitchens and putting new roofs on
Answered By: Sarah C - 8/10/2007
 
if you have 4 kids there is no way your husband can get you out the house so take advice//pop into CAB
Answered By: srracvuee - 8/10/2007
 
Why on earth would the Honeyface idiot even answer this question? What a dickhead.
Answered By: returnofvambo - 8/10/2007
 
Sorry to hear of your bad luck, i did loose my home through divorce too and its not easy. Look on the bright side though, its a fresh start and somewhere to call your own. If you meet someone else then at least you will have no memories of bad and good as you would have in your marital home. It is all part of the... More
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Answered By: daleyboy41 - 8/10/2007
 
my partner had this happen to her 8 years ago,she knew she had to be re-homed by the council,she was told she and the kids(4 all at school) would probably be put into emergency accom,it could have been a one room bedsit or b&b,at worst,council dont really like to do this as its dead money, fortunately Mac and the kids... More
Answered By: david555467 - 8/10/2007
 
I have not experienced this, and I do not know what a council house is. w***************e? I want to wish you luck and encourage you to stay strong. You are not alone and with determination you can see that your kids get settled where ever it is you end up. I agree with the other answers who say that you can make any... More
Answered By: Deborah Z - 8/10/2007
 
Get legal advice. If you have custody you can keep the house. Good luck and stand up for yourself!
Answered By: Charlie - 8/10/2007
 
I got kicked out of my house and was classed as homeless. Had to go to the hosing office and you have to go and stay in a hostel/b&b because council houses aren't available straight away usually. Its horrible unless you like living in the next room to alcoholic, druggies and chavs and having to share your bath, shower... More
Answered By: crazybex2006 - 8/10/2007
 
hi bobblebot, sorry to hear about your problem... More
Answered By: LEIGH B - 8/10/2007
 
good luck my dear, i have lost my home due to landlord selling up, no fault of my own and been on the homeless list for about 5 weeks now, they are no help at all, and the fact that you have worked and owned your own place before will i'm afraid only be used against you in that you have supported yourself before, do it... More
Answered By: sproutsaregreen - 8/10/2007
 
I am so sorry that you are going through a very tough time, but please don't be worried about taking a house from the Council. Mostly, these days, the housing is run by partnership housing companies and they have to keep their properties in good condition and up to European Standards of Health and Safety... More
Answered By: heeeelp - 8/11/2007
 
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