• How Sophie got her tenancy deposit back | housing advice | Shelter
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    How Sophie got her tenancy deposit back | housing advice | Shelter

    I was living in a house with some friends. We had a fixed term contract of a year. We notified the letting agents that at the end of the one year contract I would be moving out and that the three remaining tenants would take out a new contract for another year with a new fourth tenant to replace me. They then got in touch and said this won`t be possible and they advised that whoever replaced me in the houseshare pay me my quarter of the deposit upfront. I started to worry. because £700 is a lot of money. So I contacted Shelter and they advised me about my…

  • The 3 steps to eviction | housing advice | Shelter
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    The 3 steps to eviction | housing advice | Shelter

    If you’re a private tenant there are usually three steps to eviction.The first one is correct written notice. The second step is if you haven’t left by the date your notice has run out, your landlord must apply to court for a possession order. Then if you’re still in the property on the date after the possession order has been granted your landlord will have to go back to court and apply for a bailiff’s warrant which means that court bailiffs will legally be allowed to evict you on a set date and at a set time.

  • Eviction step 3: Bailiffs | housing advice | Shelter
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    Eviction step 3: Bailiffs | housing advice | Shelter

    When your landlord is granted a possession order, a date will be set for you to leave. If you stay beyond this date, your landlord can ask the court to send a bailiff to remove you. You should have a minimum of 14 days from the date of the hearing before the landlord can apply to the court for a warrant. The court might not tell you that bailiffs are coming but the bailiffs must. Bailiffs can remove you and your belongings from the property but must not use force. There are some situations where you might be able to stop a bailiff; for example, if you can now pay…

  • What is priority need? | housing advice | Shelter
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    What is priority need? | housing advice | Shelter

    Priority need is part of the homeless application. Some people are automatically in priority need because they’re pregnant or they’ve got dependent children or they are 16 to 17-year-olds Or that they are under 21 and have previously been in care and some people are automatically in priority need because they’ve been a victim of fire or floor or natural disaster. If you don’t fit into any of the automatic categories you still could be in priority need because you are called a ‘vulnerable adult’ and that’s looking at is there something about you that makes you more vulnerable than the average homeless person in your area. If you’re not…

  • Why is social housing important? | policy | Shelter
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    Why is social housing important? | policy | Shelter

    Hi I’m John from Shelter’s policy team Shelter thinks we need to build many more homes but that we particularly need to build a lot more social rented homes so that everybody on a low income can afford their housing costs. We often get comments from our supporters like: “Social housing is the bedrock- we need it so badly.” “Lack of decent affordable social housing is a national disgrace.” “One of the answers is to allow councils to build new homes at social rents which are affordable.” Social housing is the most common form of affordable housing. It often gets called ‘council housing’ but not all of it is owned…

  • The Military Interrogation Camp That Turned Prisoners Into Living Skeletons
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    The Military Interrogation Camp That Turned Prisoners Into Living Skeletons

    The year is 1945, and the war to save Europe is over. The victorious allies have crushed the Nazi war machine, and as the secrets of the Reich are leaked to the world, stories of the horrible atrocities they committed on jews, homosexuals, people with intellectual disabilities, and prisoners of war lay bare the true horror that was the Third Reich. Yet in the shadow of Nazi atrocities, the British intelligence services would set up a camp whose human rights violations would mirror many of those committed by the Nazis, a horrendous interrogation camp that turned men into living skeletons. In an interview in the early 2000s, surviving German citizens…

  • What Have I Done? – The Bridge on the River Kwai (8/8) Movie CLIP (1957) HD
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    What Have I Done? – The Bridge on the River Kwai (8/8) Movie CLIP (1957) HD

    (inaudible dialogue) (Gunfire noises) (Loud splashes in water) (Gunfire) (Splashes in water) (groaning) You?! You… (train noises) (Explosion) (Loud splashes and constant train noises) (Mortar fires briefly and loudly) What have I done? (Loud explosion) (Constant train noises) (Louder constant train noises) (Explosion) (VERY loud splashing and explosions) Madness!

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    Rent arrears and eviction | housing advice | Shelter

    When you’re a tenant, you create a legal relationship with your landlord and that means you have certain obligations. One of the main obligations is to pay rent. If you fail to do that and you do become in rent arrears then there is a chance that the landlord could take proceedings to evict you. If that’s the case and you feel worried about that and you can please give us a call and we can look at what may happen next.