There are a range of circumstances where our Housing Options service can step in and help you avoid homelessness.
If you are asked to leave by family or friends
We can visit your family home to discuss the reasons you have been asked to leave. We may be able to negotiate an extension of the time you are allowed to stay and within that time help you to find suitable alternative accommodation.
We can refer you to mediation services where someone will talk to all parties involved to try to reach a reasonable compromise in your situation.
Notice received from landlord
We can speak to your landlord to try and establish why they have given you notice to leave. It may be possible to solve any difficulties between you by referring to mediation services or by speaking to the Housing Benefits Team, for instance, if there has been any delay in payment of rent.
Rent arrears from council, housing association, or private rented properties
It is vitally important that, whatever other debts you owe, paying your rent should be seen as a priority. We can talk to your Estate Manager or landlord on your behalf and also to the Housing Benefits Team about your claim if necessary. We can also refer you to a Benefits Adviser to ensure that you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to.
We can also refer you to Citizens' Advice York where specialist workers can help you negotiate repaying your debts with lenders. Citizens’ Advice York run outreach sessions in the community, and are available to speak to at our Customer Centre; please see information on Citizens' Advice York services for details.
Our advice on mortgage repossession is similar to our advice on rent arrears. We adopt the same methods and refer to the same agencies.
It is vitally important that, whatever other debts you owe, paying your mortgage should be seen as a priority.
We have a joint York Offender Protocol with North Yorkshire Probation Service for people leaving prison. It seeks to address the housing needs of offenders and those leaving custody.