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I was diagnosed last march 2017 with rheumatoid and oesteoarthritus, i am living in private accomodation which is a house, i went to the council last march 2017 to fill out a form for people with disabilities as i keep having falls down the stairs and my landlord will not allow me to put up any hand rails, ive had to go to hospital 3 times over the past few months for xrays from my falls, I have been waiting since march 2017 for the council to send occupational health round to do an assessment. Meanwhile my landlord has giving me my notice and the council say that i have to wait to be evicted and then i shall be put back into private renting, any advice would be great as i am not sleeping or eating due to this, which is not helping my arthritus. At the moment i cannot make it upstairs to bed so i am sleeping on the sofa, i am also unable to have a bath and go to the toilet, i am using a bucket at the moment. If anybody has got any advice i would be extremely grateful please.

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Morning Anna

What a terribly difficult, and dangerous situation. No wonder you’re worrying so much.

Have you approached adult social work services? They too can undertake multi agency assessment and support you re housing?

I wish you the very best of luck going forward.

Marie

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Hi Marie I think i might have to as nobody seems to want to know, thanks for the advice x

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I am a social worker, albeit children and families but in the case of issues with adults, in their own right, I would refer to adult services.

Take care and good luck x

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im just scared social services might say that i cannot look after my children as i am single mum

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thanks for the advice, its so scarey being alone, its really nice that i can get advice from this site, thanks anna xx

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I do understand that but honestly, it would be about supporting you, not judging you. Do not let that prevent you getting the support you need. The only reason there would ever be any issue might be if ( god forbid) you injure yourself and truly are unable to care fir the children.

My view would be that it is a strength, your recognition that you need support.

In terms of the housing issue specifically, they can support you but they can also sign post specific agencies like Shelter etc.

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I am so sorry your being evicted like this,i am sure he is so wrong in not allowing you to put up grab rails. I don't have any advice for you my darling i wish i did. Gentle hugs from me.xxxx

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Thanks Sylvi xx

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Hi please go to see a MP to raise a complaint and with council try do this today they have a duty to see you (occupational health) to see wot your needs where and are and to give you these medical points on this issue it should not have been 11 months with no assessmet try do that today if you can and keep this issue separate.please try do this to set the ball rolling it is a corrupt system sometimes and people will be jumping the que here.the eviction they are right not fair they will want till eviction etc procedures it is wrong nothing you can do there .but stand up to them today about this and tell them with new private acommadation you need your medical needs to be taken into consideration here with new accomadation with health needs and you want action taken and you want to make a complaint about them on this with the lenth of time with no medical needs assessment this should not have been an issue and you should have had your medical points for a house it is hard but do try complain and see MP also and try phone council wellfair rights team if they have any be firm.p. s.if not already done so try get a very strong letter from doctor and any health professions

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Hi I have been and had a meeting with Ian Duncan Smith, I have also provided the council with all proof from both my doctors and my rheumatoid arthritus doctor at the hospital, I have made a complaint to the council at the moment i am at stage 2 and will take it further as I dont believe that they have helped me at all, thanks for your advice x

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Hope it works out must be a bad council.there are good and bad councils take care x

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yes its waltham forest in east london lol

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Seen some of the london councils on cant pay wont pay bailiffs on tv some councils where bad and cheecky x

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No one in this earth should be suffering like this ☹️

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Morning sweetie as a landlord myself this landlord is supposed to make sure that his property is safe for his tenants. There should be a grab rail going up the stairs. To know that you have fallen down the stairs due to no grab rail being there I would personally report this to the council or trading standards and you shouldn’t be evicted. You can also take proof with you from being in hospital. I appreciate that it’s a lot of stress for you to undertake but I wouldn’t let this landlord away with this. I truly wish you all the best of luck sweetie and please take good care of yourself. Love and hugs 🤗🤗🌹🌹😘😘

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Take photographic evidence as well to prove he didn't have grab rails.xxxx

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Hi Jan I have reported to the council but they said that if I want hand rails put in then i have to take my landlords to court, to be honest the council do not want to help, thanks for your advice xx

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I truly feel for you sweetie it’s so unfair as you have had a awful accident and it could of been a lot more serious. I truly hope that you get another home and away from this awful landlord and it’s sooner than later. Take good care of yourself sweetie and my thoughts are with you. Love and hugs 🤗🤗🌹🌹😘😘

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good idea, i didnt think of that xx

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You should also be priority for council house another complaint x

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THere is a mechanism whereby a Council do work on a private property to make safe or say put in bathroom and charge the landlord for it. The rent is then paid to the LA until the bill is paid. But you'll need to refer to the LA, for how to do this provided of course that you've done everything reasonable to resolve the situation. I'm not sure you can ask for alterations because of a condition thats developed since you took over the tenancy, likewise if your shorthold or if the landlord wants his propert back can you stop him. I'd urge you to keep the LA aware of the situation as they I believe have a resposibilty to house children. I'm sure they are trying to help but so many people in same position its very difficult for them.

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