Deadline day to quit home

Deadline day to quit home

Deadline day to quit home

First published in News by , local government reporter

A desperate father could find himself living on the streets in a matter of days.

Peter James Beddoe lost his mother in May last year following a two-year battle with cancer.

He went to Brighton and Hove City Council to see if he could get the tenancy on his family home – in which he had lived with her for 38 years – transferred to his name.

But to his shock he was told it was not possible – having already been transferred once to his mother’s name when his father died in 2001.

Now after a 10-month battle to stay in the property in Riley Road, Brighton, the 47-year-old has been told he must hand over the keys by 12pm today.

He said: “I don’t think it’s right, I’ve been there most of my life.

“I understand it’s a three-bedroom house and that they could let another family have it. I just don’t think it’s too far out of their way to re-accommodate me.”

Mr Beddoe has been unable to work since an accident when a set of steps he was standing on fell through the floor leaving him with broken ribs.

As a result he has fallen into financial difficulty and is being treated for depression.

Speaking to The Argus, he said he has been forced to rent privately after having one successful year in his business, which the council used to determine his housing needs.

He added: “I’d had a good year and made about £18,000 – usually it’s about £10,000. They said I could afford to rent private but I have no money to rent privately.”

Mr Beddoe, who usually has his children at the house at weekends, will be forced to either find a new home in the next few days, or take his possessions and live on the streets.

Brighton and Hove City Council has said they are unable to pass the tenancy to him because of legal issues.

A spokesman said: “We have high numbers of families who are in desperate need of this type of accommodation, and a chronic shortage of available homes.

“The council has no legal duty to house Mr Beddoe, and we are therefore not in a position to offer him alternative accommodation.

“The council has allowed Mr Beddoe more than 10 months to find alternative housing, and offered advice to help him do so.

“We believe this is a very generous time frame for him to make suitable arrangements for himself.”

 

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10:52am Mon 7 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

He says he has been forced to rent privately so how is he going to be made homeless?.But there is two sides to this story I can understand that he classes it as a family home after so long but I can also see the councils point of view it should now go to a family.There are 16000 on Brighton and Hoves waiting list,what the council should do to make sure genuine locals are given priority is instead of the local connection which is only two years,anyone born and bred in the area should get automatically put into band B.The system has got fairer a few years ago if you came from outside the area and had kids you jumped to the front of the list.But in this case I think the council is right as one person should not be living in a three bed house unless you brought your family up there the children should not automatically get the tenancy.But as a act of good will if I was the council I would put this man in the band B of the waiting list,and to make it fair on other locals the longer you have been in the area the higher the band you are put into so born and bred people have a better chance.There is only between 40-50 properties available per month,so the council also has a responsibility to look after people who have been waiting years.I for example was on the list 14 years.
He says he has been forced to rent privately so how is he going to be made homeless?.But there is two sides to this story I can understand that he classes it as a family home after so long but I can also see the councils point of view it should now go to a family.There are 16000 on Brighton and Hoves waiting list,what the council should do to make sure genuine locals are given priority is instead of the local connection which is only two years,anyone born and bred in the area should get automatically put into band B.The system has got fairer a few years ago if you came from outside the area and had kids you jumped to the front of the list.But in this case I think the council is right as one person should not be living in a three bed house unless you brought your family up there the children should not automatically get the tenancy.But as a act of good will if I was the council I would put this man in the band B of the waiting list,and to make it fair on other locals the longer you have been in the area the higher the band you are put into so born and bred people have a better chance.There is only between 40-50 properties available per month,so the council also has a responsibility to look after people who have been waiting years.I for example was on the list 14 years. clubrob6
  • Score: 4

12:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Andy R says...

The basic problem is there aren't enough council houses.


Someone sold them.
The basic problem is there aren't enough council houses. Someone sold them. Andy R
  • Score: 13

12:36pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bugzy84 says...

Andy R wrote:
The basic problem is there aren't enough council houses.


Someone sold them.
someone bought them too
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: The basic problem is there aren't enough council houses. Someone sold them.[/p][/quote]someone bought them too Bugzy84
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Kawasaki998 says...

this is very cruel but I understand why he cannot stay at the house. Brighton Council should give him a smaller place to live in. What do you expect with this Council heartless
this is very cruel but I understand why he cannot stay at the house. Brighton Council should give him a smaller place to live in. What do you expect with this Council heartless Kawasaki998
  • Score: 1

12:48pm Mon 7 Apr 14

ICantThinkOfAName says...

The major problem for people told to rent privately is:
1) many landlords will not rent to people on housing benefit even if working
and
2) the tenant whether on benefits or not is asked to pay 6 months rent in
advance which is not often possible.
The major problem for people told to rent privately is: 1) many landlords will not rent to people on housing benefit even if working and 2) the tenant whether on benefits or not is asked to pay 6 months rent in advance which is not often possible. ICantThinkOfAName
  • Score: 11

2:29pm Mon 7 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

He should not be in a 3 bedroomed house when there are so many homeless families.

I can see both sides of the argument, that he's grown up in this house, etc but I would feel too guilty to continue living there because it is a council house. He can get a private rented property - one bedroomed because that is all he needs. His kids can sleep on a sofa bed in the lounge at weekends or on blow up airbeds - for kids that is no problem and it is only for a weekend when they visit.

Many kids do that when they visit friends for a sleep over.

He's had more than long enough to save up the amount he needs for the private rent.

I think Brighton council have been extremely generous to him.
He should not be in a 3 bedroomed house when there are so many homeless families. I can see both sides of the argument, that he's grown up in this house, etc but I would feel too guilty to continue living there because it is a council house. He can get a private rented property - one bedroomed because that is all he needs. His kids can sleep on a sofa bed in the lounge at weekends or on blow up airbeds - for kids that is no problem and it is only for a weekend when they visit. Many kids do that when they visit friends for a sleep over. He's had more than long enough to save up the amount he needs for the private rent. I think Brighton council have been extremely generous to him. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 6

2:43pm Mon 7 Apr 14

wippasnapper says...

Bugzy84 wrote:
Andy R wrote:
The basic problem is there aren't enough council houses.


Someone sold them.
someone bought them too
And no one has built any to replace the ones sold but this green run council has had many opportunity’s to build new homes but have felt that the Sussex University could put better use to the land i.e. Student accommodation regardless of the number of working family’s in need of a home.
[quote][p][bold]Bugzy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: The basic problem is there aren't enough council houses. Someone sold them.[/p][/quote]someone bought them too[/p][/quote]And no one has built any to replace the ones sold but this green run council has had many opportunity’s to build new homes but have felt that the Sussex University could put better use to the land i.e. Student accommodation regardless of the number of working family’s in need of a home. wippasnapper
  • Score: 10

3:05pm Mon 7 Apr 14

wippasnapper says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
He should not be in a 3 bedroomed house when there are so many homeless families.

I can see both sides of the argument, that he's grown up in this house, etc but I would feel too guilty to continue living there because it is a council house. He can get a private rented property - one bedroomed because that is all he needs. His kids can sleep on a sofa bed in the lounge at weekends or on blow up airbeds - for kids that is no problem and it is only for a weekend when they visit.

Many kids do that when they visit friends for a sleep over.

He's had more than long enough to save up the amount he needs for the private rent.

I think Brighton council have been extremely generous to him.
Regardless to your harshness to what is right or wrong the council should help him find alternative accommodation mind you in saying that once he has become homeless it will full upon the council to re-house him i.e. emergency housing, but this sort of situation keeps on popping up where a relative has passed away and the council gutlessly evicts the tenant with no alternative yet sadly in saying that it has long been the policy once a tenancy has been passed on once it can not be passed on a second time regardless of how long a person has lived at that property.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: He should not be in a 3 bedroomed house when there are so many homeless families. I can see both sides of the argument, that he's grown up in this house, etc but I would feel too guilty to continue living there because it is a council house. He can get a private rented property - one bedroomed because that is all he needs. His kids can sleep on a sofa bed in the lounge at weekends or on blow up airbeds - for kids that is no problem and it is only for a weekend when they visit. Many kids do that when they visit friends for a sleep over. He's had more than long enough to save up the amount he needs for the private rent. I think Brighton council have been extremely generous to him.[/p][/quote]Regardless to your harshness to what is right or wrong the council should help him find alternative accommodation mind you in saying that once he has become homeless it will full upon the council to re-house him i.e. emergency housing, but this sort of situation keeps on popping up where a relative has passed away and the council gutlessly evicts the tenant with no alternative yet sadly in saying that it has long been the policy once a tenancy has been passed on once it can not be passed on a second time regardless of how long a person has lived at that property. wippasnapper
  • Score: -5

3:44pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

He will not fall to the council's responsibility if he is made homeless as he is a single male without children living with him.
He will be left to survive alone as other single men and women are.
It's a shame his parents didn't exercise their right to buy, the private homes in Riley road are now worth more than £300,000 and he could have inherited it from her instead.
I suggest he meets some young girl and knocks her up three or four times and he will get a house.
We reward the feckless and work shy in the UK.
He will not fall to the council's responsibility if he is made homeless as he is a single male without children living with him. He will be left to survive alone as other single men and women are. It's a shame his parents didn't exercise their right to buy, the private homes in Riley road are now worth more than £300,000 and he could have inherited it from her instead. I suggest he meets some young girl and knocks her up three or four times and he will get a house. We reward the feckless and work shy in the UK. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 2

4:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

rubberflipper says...

The irony here is that this is a man, born and bred in Brighton by his English parents, and yet this home could be given to immigrants or other EU nationals which is repugnant.

British social housing should only go to British nationals. Good luck Mr Beddoe and I hope you support UKIP because it will put Britain and British people first and give your kids a future in THEIR country.
The irony here is that this is a man, born and bred in Brighton by his English parents, and yet this home could be given to immigrants or other EU nationals which is repugnant. British social housing should only go to British nationals. Good luck Mr Beddoe and I hope you support UKIP because it will put Britain and British people first and give your kids a future in THEIR country. rubberflipper
  • Score: -6

5:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Don't be silly rubber flipper it will go to some chavvy workless british mother with kids by dozens of useless british dads who thinks the world owes her a living and who plays loud music all night keeping the neighbours up.
You need to get out more.
Don't be silly rubber flipper it will go to some chavvy workless british mother with kids by dozens of useless british dads who thinks the world owes her a living and who plays loud music all night keeping the neighbours up. You need to get out more. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: -3

6:44pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Voice of Wisdom says...

A spokesman said: “We have high numbers of families who are in desperate need of this type of accommodation, and a chronic shortage of available homes". If this is the case why does the council have at least 2 houses in Woodingdean that have been empty for months?
A spokesman said: “We have high numbers of families who are in desperate need of this type of accommodation, and a chronic shortage of available homes". If this is the case why does the council have at least 2 houses in Woodingdean that have been empty for months? Voice of Wisdom
  • Score: 4

7:37pm Mon 7 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

i want i want i want a council house ,shame there is not enough to go around ,after all all would would pay all the private landlords buy to let mortgages
i want i want i want a council house ,shame there is not enough to go around ,after all all would would pay all the private landlords buy to let mortgages whatevernext2013
  • Score: 2

9:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

asbojim says...

dont be down about having to move out after all these years, just think of the joy on the foreigners faces when they get given it after being on the waiting list for 2 minutes
dont be down about having to move out after all these years, just think of the joy on the foreigners faces when they get given it after being on the waiting list for 2 minutes asbojim
  • Score: -2

9:47pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Tussle says...

It's alright if you tick their boxes - If you're a working local lad, you haven't got a hope in hell. You expect them to respect your decisions?
It's alright if you tick their boxes - If you're a working local lad, you haven't got a hope in hell. You expect them to respect your decisions? Tussle
  • Score: -3

11:44pm Mon 7 Apr 14

north street resident says...

This "news" story beggars belief! Of course the taxpayer shouldn't subsidise a three bedroom house for a single working man. I can only imagine that it was due to ill advice that Mr Beddoe approached a local newspaper to run this story. I hope for Mr Beddoe's sake that there are at least a few private landlords in the area that don't read the Evening Argus. I can't imagine any private landlord entertaining a tenancy agreement with this guy after reading the article.

It has given me idea though, On my next tax return I will state that I normally earn £8000 less than this year so this years figures are worthless and shouldn't be taken into account.
This "news" story beggars belief! Of course the taxpayer shouldn't subsidise a three bedroom house for a single working man. I can only imagine that it was due to ill advice that Mr Beddoe approached a local newspaper to run this story. I hope for Mr Beddoe's sake that there are at least a few private landlords in the area that don't read the Evening Argus. I can't imagine any private landlord entertaining a tenancy agreement with this guy after reading the article. It has given me idea though, On my next tax return I will state that I normally earn £8000 less than this year so this years figures are worthless and shouldn't be taken into account. north street resident
  • Score: 4

3:16am Tue 8 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Voice of Wisdom wrote:
A spokesman said: “We have high numbers of families who are in desperate need of this type of accommodation, and a chronic shortage of available homes". If this is the case why does the council have at least 2 houses in Woodingdean that have been empty for months?
were in woodingdean ? or are the houses in need of so much repair that they are unsafe to live in
[quote][p][bold]Voice of Wisdom[/bold] wrote: A spokesman said: “We have high numbers of families who are in desperate need of this type of accommodation, and a chronic shortage of available homes". If this is the case why does the council have at least 2 houses in Woodingdean that have been empty for months?[/p][/quote]were in woodingdean ? or are the houses in need of so much repair that they are unsafe to live in whatevernext2013
  • Score: 0

3:22am Tue 8 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

sounds a bit odd ,he claims he has children who live there weekends ,if thats the case did they not live there full time at some stage ,he lived there 38 years been 47 that means he left and lived elsewhere for 9 years ,so he knows how to find a place to live ,sounds a bit too much like queue jumping
sounds a bit odd ,he claims he has children who live there weekends ,if thats the case did they not live there full time at some stage ,he lived there 38 years been 47 that means he left and lived elsewhere for 9 years ,so he knows how to find a place to live ,sounds a bit too much like queue jumping whatevernext2013
  • Score: 3

10:33am Tue 8 Apr 14

mtmoocher says...

What he has realised is that he does not have the right to buy! That's the crux of this situation. He claims to have lived there for 38 years, so at one time this was home to his parents, his ex-partner & himself & their 2 children? Or maybe the ex-partner is in another council-owned property claiming to be a single parent? He has opened a can of worms for the Council fraud squad to investigate, just because he has seen the pound signs. BTW the Council is duty-bound by law to refuse the transfer of tenancy & have been generous in giving him 10 months to find alternative accommodation.
What he has realised is that he does not have the right to buy! That's the crux of this situation. He claims to have lived there for 38 years, so at one time this was home to his parents, his ex-partner & himself & their 2 children? Or maybe the ex-partner is in another council-owned property claiming to be a single parent? He has opened a can of worms for the Council fraud squad to investigate, just because he has seen the pound signs. BTW the Council is duty-bound by law to refuse the transfer of tenancy & have been generous in giving him 10 months to find alternative accommodation. mtmoocher
  • Score: 1

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