Thank you so much to those of you who have sent comments regarding our situation with the property we moved into in March and the various suggestions for help.
We signed a 6 month binding lease which, if we break it, will cost us 3 months rent and our deposit, a total of £2,300 which we just cannot afford to loose. The contract is legally binding for the 6 months, no get out unless the land lady releases us which she has said she will not. The whole thing rests on so many ifs and buts. If the council give planning permission for the house to be demolished, if they can get a developer interested enough to buy the site, and, if bats are no longer roosting in the roof space. No one can do anything, we are all in a state of limbo.
If we apply to the local council we will only be given a one bedroom flat and there is not enough room to swing a cat let alone for 2 people. If we turn down 3 properties they may offer we go back to the bottom of the list regardless.
We need a spare bedroom, I suffer from insomnia and in order not to disturb DB by having the light on, I decamp to the spare room. He is also a restless sleeper and once he starts waving his arms about and 'running' he wakes me and again I decamp to the spare room. Councils do not recognise this, according to them a couple only need one bedroom and thats it. We have tried the housing associations in the past and had no luck.
This is why we have always rented privately.
As far as the caravan is concerned putting it on storage is an expensive business and we just cannot afford that either. £30 a month may be cheap to some people, to us it is more than a weeks food, so where ever we go we have to have permission to site the van or it has to go and holidays will be very restricted. Its all very well saying well you can rent this or that but price is a big consideration Even a holiday van on a site can be well over £100 just for 3 or 4 days.
I am still trying to dry the washing from yesterday, its still very wet despite being left in the lounge with the residual heat from the fire. It has been so cold this last few days we have had to have the gas fire on. I dare not put the central heating back on even though we have turned some of the rads off.
The weather does not know what to do one minute its sunny the next pouring with rain, no point in doing the bed linen, so I have put it in the washer to do on E7 tonight.
Land lady will be here this afternoon I will try and get her to read the electricity meter. It has not been read since we came back from holiday.
Supper tonight is egg and chips, there is a banana left which we will have for dessert.
Land lady and surveyor have been. Reasonable meeting with LL she does understand how we feel, but cannot see anything happening for at least 12 months if everything goes through and they find someone to build or she and her children develop the site themselves. Well thats OK but we will not be here in 12 months time, sorry....... the bat people will be here tonight and again when it starts to get light in the morning to see if there are bats in the attics, if no bats are seen then they can go for planning permission to demolish the building.
We will start looking for somewhere else in the middle of August, we will not move until we find somewhere that is exactly what we are looking for, so she could be stuck with us for a while.