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  1. #1
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    Amenity Housing

    Three years ago my Nana and I moved into an amenity house. At the time I was told that I couldn't be on the lease because I didn't qualify for amenity housing so if anything happened to my nana, I'd have to find somewhere else to live - fair enough.

    I had a carers assessment a couple of weeks ago and the social worker thought that I should qualify for amenity housing now because of my various health conditions (that have only come on in the last couple of years). She offered to give housing a phone for me to see about adding me to nana's lease. That way, if anything happens to her, I'd still be able to stay here.

    I spoke to the social worker today about another matter and she mentioned that she had spoken to my housing officer who has said no to adding me to the lease. She didn't have time to explain fully so she's (the SW) is meeting me next Friday to go over everything.

    To be honest, I'm a bit confused when it come to the rules for amenity housing. One of Nana's friends has an amenity house and her son is on the lease with her. Like I said, I do have disabilities now that make things like using stairs very difficult and painful so I couldn't imagine living in a house with stairs. Same thing with a normal bath/shower. I wouldn't cope without the level access one we have now. My council's website is a bit vague on the whole thing and give advice more for sheltered housing. I do claim PIP but only get the daily living component (thanks to an awful assessment with a horrible nurse who lied about everything). My adviser had told me she thought I was entitled to the mobility component given my issues but I just couldn't face going through tribunal.

    Anyway, can some wise person fill me in on the criteria for amenity housing. Do you have to be a certain age? On a certain benefit?


  2. #2
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    It's all down to your LA, different Council's interpret the criteria differently and there is a lot pressure on housing due to Government policy.
    You should talk to one of your Local Authority Councillors they could probably help you better understand the situation in your area.

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    Yes Jard is absolutely correct it is down to your local authority and each has their own rules. In my area you have to be 55 to be considered. I was 27 and nothing else was suitable so ended up in 2 different amenity houses over the years even though I was deemed as “too disabled” to live there both times! I’m now the only person in my street who is in a wheelchair. Most of the residents are elderly but independent. A couple of women are of a similar age to me but they are able to walk independently.
    The local sheltered and very sheltered housing isn’t suitable for my needs so my only other option is a nursing home and I hope that’s a long way off.
    I understand the LAs look at your housing needs and base their judgement on the individuals needs.
    Good luck.

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    Yes, it is down to the local LA or the landord who owns property. It is not as simple as adding you on to someone elses lease. If your nana got a 2 bed bungalow because you live with - then if she dies or goes in home, even if you qualified, you may only get a one bed bungalow or flat . Best you get assessed seperately and go on eht housing list. EVEN IF YOU ARE HAPPY WHERE YOU ARE. Lists are long and you could me on years.

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