I had my third and final court hearing today, to see if the court would decide in favour of the landlord or me.
Well as expected they did decide in favour of the landlord eventually, although the judge himself said it was marginal! He was by far the fairest and light-hearted of all the judges, the perfect one to have making the final decision. I was happy with him saying it was close.
The next point was arguing for the max. 6 weeks to leave instead of 2 weeks, in view of my various health issues for which I’d got letters from my doctor and Stepping Forward listing them and how they affect me. The judge gave me 4 weeks.
There’s a few positives from it all:
- The thing is now resolved and I have some certainty about what’s going to happen.
- I have an actual hard, final date I can give to the council for when I’m going to be homeless.
- I can now do a homelessness assessment thing with the council for people at risk of homelessness.
- The council should put me at max. priority given my health conditions AND if they don’t I can go back to the solicitor (on legal aid) and get a court to rule that I should be the top priority.
- We can even get a second ruling from the court ordering the council to actually house me in a suitable place.
- The landlord and letting agent got absolutely everything coming to them for the torment they put me through last year with the abuse and attempted break-ins! In 4 days it is exactly 1 year since I received the initial eviction notice 😂.
I just need to keep on top of this stuff whilst the Salvation Army try to find a private place for me to move to. At least I have steps I can take and some kind of plan.
Negatives from today:
- Upon leaving the house to go to court I realised my duct-tape fix for my scooter’s rear mudguard was resulting in the mudguard rubbing on the tire. I had to make a quick decision to remove the mudguard which was connected by an electrical cable for the rear light. In trying to detach the cable (so as not to resort to cutting it), I used my room key to try to lever apart two pieces of plastic and snapped it in half…I then just used my other key to sever the cable.
- I had no phone with me to phone a locksmith with after the court hearing because I purposefully take minimal possessions to reduce hassle when going through the metal scanner at the court…it occurred to me then that I’d taken my own initiative obviously too literally and too far 🤦♂️.
- It was pissing with rain immediately after the hearing so I got absolutely soaked in my shirt and trousers. Luckily my housemate was in and she let me use her phone to phone a locksmith.
- I spent £124 on the emergency lock change 🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️. But they did come quickly and it was minimal hassle.
House keys are weaker than they seem.