I thought I would share our story in the hope that someone may have some useful advice.
Two months ago my wife and I and our four children were given notice to quit as our current landlords are now selling the property. We viewed all available 3 bedroom properties and were that the Landords didn’t want children, that we had too many children and they only wanted two. The best one was that they didn’t want anyone on benefits. When I queried this as we aren’t in receipt of HB I was told Child Benefit (I know how can you rent a house to a family who don’t receive CB).
We finally found somewhere and placed the holding fee and referencing fee. The references came back and the agent was very satified. We still don’t have the keys. The estate agent was unable to get hold of the landlord, after two weeks of phone calls and emails the landlord finally makes contact. It turns out the property does not have a fire safety certificate, and, in order to get one they ahve to carry out works. The landlord does not want the agent to arrange this and will let us know the timescale by the end of the week, that was a week and a half ago.
In the meantime, and as our current tenancy ends at the end of the month, we have been frantically searching for an alternative. We found a lovely place and put our application in. My wife was told yesterday that that this had gone to another applicant, shortly after hearing this our car died.
So, with nine days to go, we have no house, no car and we recently found out our daughter did not get the school we wanted but one 3.5 miles away from her sisters school.
It is very frustrating, we are not loafers or layabouts, I work as an IT Manager, our children are all well behaved, three of which are in advanced maths and english classes. My wife is distraught and we are still no further ahead in moving. We are viewing a property tomorrow and if this does not pan out I really don’t know what we are going to do.
Any advice we be greatly appreciated, to have all these issues arise at once is soul destroying.