How to keep this Housing Association flat?
November 13, 2006 3:35 PM Subscribe
Lets say that I am living in a flat in the UK that belongs to a guy who is a secure tenant of a housing association. He is not living in this place for a long time. Now the housing association wants to check who is living in the flat.
posted by slimeline to law & government (6 answers total)
So this guy (old family friend) is a secure tenant (which means he can live in this flat for ever) but few years ago he decided to move abroad (Europe) and let me stay in his flat. I pay the housing association rent, and I pay him a small rent too. The Housing Association knows that I am living in this flat as this guy's tenant (this is legal as long as he lives there), but they don't know that he is not living there for a few years now (he had to let them know if he had left the flat). This guy has no interest in coming back to the UK and quite happy for me to stay there as long as I want. Recently there was a letter from the Housing Association saying that they are going to conduct an audit of their properties and will visit the flat one day in the next couple of weeks with the aim of establishing if the people who live there are entitled to do so.
What can someone do in order to stay in this flat? And what shall I expect to happen? Does anyone has experience of a similar situation and knowledge of what might happen? I can contact this guy, but he is away at the moment and will not be back for a couple of months.