Facing eviction in 2 monthsWatch
As I'm now coming to the end of my tenancy, my landlord has requested 3 months worth of payslips to ensure I can still afford the rent if I want to stay here for another 12 months. The landlord generally doesn't accept DSS claimants. Because I haven't been working I haven't been able to provide these and have now been given an eviction letter to leave by the end of May at the latest. I really am at a loss. What is the likelihood of the council giving me somewhere so soon if I approach them? I can't be doing with living in shared accommodation with nutter strangers because of anxiety of my stuff being nicked and being took the piss out of. I would need a studio flat at least. Plus I've got no relatives or friends I can stay with (could possibly sleep on my mum and step dad's sofa at the most).
Homelessness legislation varies in different parts of the UK and you've not indicated where you are.
I find it odd (from the details you've given here) that he would issue an "eviction letter". Does the letter say "notice seeking possession’"? There are certain steps a landlord has to take to remove you and specific letters. If you're contract end date already ended, I would understand sending this. BTW, even after the deadline on the notice passes, he can't just come by and kick you out. He has to go to court and get an actual eviction order. That'll take some time.
TBH I wouldn't be forcing myself to work if I'm struggling like that. You might get worse.
The council are unlikely to be able to help, but if you speak to someone at the Citizen's Advice Bureau they could help you get some accommodation.
I think your best option is to at least ask your Mum and stepdad, then save up your benefit money if you stay there.
Apply to go on the waiting list of all local social housing lists.
Good luck with your job search.
I believe its not legal for landlords to discriminate against benefit claimants but i expect its hard to prove.
Use a benefit calculator like Turn2us that may help you identify your entitlements.
Sickness/disability benefits for variable conditions like MH have a reputation of being hard to get. Make sure you get help or advice in completing the application form to reduce the chance of being rejected.
Apply for housing benefit if you are eligible as this will stop your savings being eaten into.
The eviction ban is still in effect.