Michael Dore from Chingford is a single father and carer for his grandmother, but he says problems with bureaucracy could force him onto the streets

A single-father who has taken on the role of a full time carer for his elderly grandmother says he facing homelessness.

A single-father who has taken on the role of a full time carer for his elderly grandmother says he facing homelessness.

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A single-father who has taken on the role of a full time carer for his elderly grandmother says he facing homelessness.

Michael Dore and his 12-year-old son say they are living every day in fear of being evicted from their home in Chingford.

The tenancy on their property in Kings Road ran out last month, but the council has stopped his housing benefits so he is unable to find a new home.

Mr Dore claims his benefit has been stopped seven or eight times in the last year.

He says reasons given by the council include phone numbers on the paperwork not being correct and documentation sent by email should not have been accepted by administration staff.

Mr Dore, who cares for his grandmother with Alzheimer's after his father died in June, said that he feels helpless after repeatedly having to send of letters of confirmation in an attempt to get the vital benefit reinstated.

He said: “I moved here in 2013 and two weeks later I was made redundant.

“I was given housing benefit while I looked for another job. The first time they stopped my money was because they wanted me to prove my son lived with me.

“I did that. Then they said they shouldn’t have accepted the initial documents because they were sent by email and not in paper format."
Mr Dore then became a carer for his grandmother after his father died after a long illness.

“I haven’t even had time to grieve," he said.

“My Nan asks me every day when my dad is coming home. 

"The facts of the matter are that I am entitled to the housing benefit and I need it. Rather than stopping my money all the time they could give me a period of time to get the paperwork to them – I have never said no.

“The council seems happy to put my 12-year-old son and I on the street.”

Mr Dore claims that he has been told by the council that he will have to wait until he is removed from the house by bailiffs before he can request emergency housing.

The council has been asked to comment.

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12:45pm Mon 25 Aug 14

escapefrome17 says...

I don't get it-whats the story here? None of it makes much sense. If his tenancy has run out why would he be expecting housing benefit payments to continue? On a property he no longer has a tenancy for? Sloppy 'journalism' at its worst! Did anyone actually read it before putting it out?
I don't get it-whats the story here? None of it makes much sense. If his tenancy has run out why would he be expecting housing benefit payments to continue? On a property he no longer has a tenancy for? Sloppy 'journalism' at its worst! Did anyone actually read it before putting it out? escapefrome17
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Sounds like an ever increasing tale of woe as you read it.

There is no fear of being evicted unless the bailiffs turn up and he will be a priority if he has a young son.

He should just get a grip and deal with it instead of whinging to the press.
Sounds like an ever increasing tale of woe as you read it. There is no fear of being evicted unless the bailiffs turn up and he will be a priority if he has a young son. He should just get a grip and deal with it instead of whinging to the press. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

8:06pm Mon 25 Aug 14

inézc says...

There is no immediate risk of homelessness here. Even if the tenancy has expired it then becomes a periodic tenancy. Should the landlord want to evict Mr Dore s/he needs to serve Notice then following expiration of the notice, bring Court proceedings for possession. Once the order is granted it is then for the landlord to apply for a bailiff's warrant s that actual physical possession can be taken. Until the person presents to the Council with a notice of bailiffs appointment, they are not at imminent risk of being homeless.
There is no immediate risk of homelessness here. Even if the tenancy has expired it then becomes a periodic tenancy. Should the landlord want to evict Mr Dore s/he needs to serve Notice then following expiration of the notice, bring Court proceedings for possession. Once the order is granted it is then for the landlord to apply for a bailiff's warrant s that actual physical possession can be taken. Until the person presents to the Council with a notice of bailiffs appointment, they are not at imminent risk of being homeless. inézc
  • Score: 2

5:29am Tue 26 Aug 14

Alibeth says...

There may well be reasons that Mr. Dore doesn't have to worry quite as much as he is doing, but if you're trying to look after someone with Alzeimers; that's probably a full time job on it's own, without having to keep writing letters and dealing with paperwork.
I know what it's like to be fighting for what you're entitled too, and it really gets you down.
Wouldn't it be better if, under the circumstances, someone from the council goes to visit him and verify his situation once and for all, or does that smack to much of common sense. Hope all gets sorted soon.
There may well be reasons that Mr. Dore doesn't have to worry quite as much as he is doing, but if you're trying to look after someone with Alzeimers; that's probably a full time job on it's own, without having to keep writing letters and dealing with paperwork. I know what it's like to be fighting for what you're entitled too, and it really gets you down. Wouldn't it be better if, under the circumstances, someone from the council goes to visit him and verify his situation once and for all, or does that smack to much of common sense. Hope all gets sorted soon. Alibeth
  • Score: 25

8:05am Tue 26 Aug 14

agreen123 says...

I know someone who had the same kind of issue a few years ago when in private rented accommodation i can only assume if your tenancy is up you are in the same boat, I think it is a disgrace that in this day and age a council can get away with this sort of thing and glad to see someone finely standing up to the system.

Good luck to you and i hope everything works out in your favor.
I know someone who had the same kind of issue a few years ago when in private rented accommodation i can only assume if your tenancy is up you are in the same boat, I think it is a disgrace that in this day and age a council can get away with this sort of thing and glad to see someone finely standing up to the system. Good luck to you and i hope everything works out in your favor. agreen123
  • Score: 7

8:14am Tue 26 Aug 14

dennisbrown says...

What has this world come to when people have to worry about being put out on the streets because a system can do what ever the hell they want and get away with it. it makes me sick that these governments do not give a dam about the affects their actions have on others.

Good luck Mr Dore and please stay strong and hope for the best.
What has this world come to when people have to worry about being put out on the streets because a system can do what ever the hell they want and get away with it. it makes me sick that these governments do not give a dam about the affects their actions have on others. Good luck Mr Dore and please stay strong and hope for the best. dennisbrown
  • Score: 4

9:23am Tue 26 Aug 14

escapefrome17 says...

Dennisbrown, you clearly either haven't read the article or have completely misunderstood it- he's not being put on the streets by the evil council, as far as I can glean from the somewhat garbled article, his tenancy has expired, he hasn't sorted out somewhere else to go yet, and he's had some problems with his housing benefit in the past, which would not affect his current situation anyway_ as I said, there's no story here and its just a sloppy space filler for a slow news day. ...... ask anyone who rents their hone, this sort of thing is normal, it happens every day.
Dennisbrown, you clearly either haven't read the article or have completely misunderstood it- he's not being put on the streets by the evil council, as far as I can glean from the somewhat garbled article, his tenancy has expired, he hasn't sorted out somewhere else to go yet, and he's had some problems with his housing benefit in the past, which would not affect his current situation anyway_ as I said, there's no story here and its just a sloppy space filler for a slow news day. ...... ask anyone who rents their hone, this sort of thing is normal, it happens every day. escapefrome17
  • Score: -4

9:35am Tue 26 Aug 14

dennisbrown says...

escapefrome17 wrote:
Dennisbrown, you clearly either haven't read the article or have completely misunderstood it- he's not being put on the streets by the evil council, as far as I can glean from the somewhat garbled article, his tenancy has expired, he hasn't sorted out somewhere else to go yet, and he's had some problems with his housing benefit in the past, which would not affect his current situation anyway_ as I said, there's no story here and its just a sloppy space filler for a slow news day. ...... ask anyone who rents their hone, this sort of thing is normal, it happens every day.
escapefrome17 do you work for the council i am amazed how you know a persons circumstances that you do not know.

it is normal correct but it should not be this is the issue.... we all no the council will screw over anyone that they can they pick on the week i know this first hand as worked for the benefits with in a council for 10 years.
[quote][p][bold]escapefrome17[/bold] wrote: Dennisbrown, you clearly either haven't read the article or have completely misunderstood it- he's not being put on the streets by the evil council, as far as I can glean from the somewhat garbled article, his tenancy has expired, he hasn't sorted out somewhere else to go yet, and he's had some problems with his housing benefit in the past, which would not affect his current situation anyway_ as I said, there's no story here and its just a sloppy space filler for a slow news day. ...... ask anyone who rents their hone, this sort of thing is normal, it happens every day.[/p][/quote]escapefrome17 do you work for the council i am amazed how you know a persons circumstances that you do not know. it is normal correct but it should not be this is the issue.... we all no the council will screw over anyone that they can they pick on the week i know this first hand as worked for the benefits with in a council for 10 years. dennisbrown
  • Score: 4

10:31am Tue 26 Aug 14

escapefrome17 says...

Dennis, please READ the story! Then come back with your analysis of it.....you clearly can't have actually read the words, I'll make it as simple as I can- tenancy expires, tenant for whatever reason has failed to find new accommodation in time, as happens every day to lots of people. As he currently has a roof over his head (despite not paying for it) he is not homeless.....that's one part of the 'story' ....Tenant has had a bit of hassle over his housing benefit- this doesn't affect current situation.......that
s the other part of the 'story'.....so, again, what's the actual news element?
Dennis, please READ the story! Then come back with your analysis of it.....you clearly can't have actually read the words, I'll make it as simple as I can- tenancy expires, tenant for whatever reason has failed to find new accommodation in time, as happens every day to lots of people. As he currently has a roof over his head (despite not paying for it) he is not homeless.....that's one part of the 'story' ....Tenant has had a bit of hassle over his housing benefit- this doesn't affect current situation.......that s the other part of the 'story'.....so, again, what's the actual news element? escapefrome17
  • Score: -5

1:33pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Alan_1976 says...

escapefrome17 wrote:
Dennis, please READ the story! Then come back with your analysis of it.....you clearly can't have actually read the words, I'll make it as simple as I can- tenancy expires, tenant for whatever reason has failed to find new accommodation in time, as happens every day to lots of people. As he currently has a roof over his head (despite not paying for it) he is not homeless.....that's one part of the 'story' ....Tenant has had a bit of hassle over his housing benefit- this doesn't affect current situation.......that

s the other part of the 'story'.....so, again, what's the actual news element?
I read the bit that stated he is unable to move to a new place because his housing benefit has been stopped for bureaucratic reasons. That is not for "Whatever" reason as you put it. It is at the core of the story

I also read the part of the article that clearly states "COULD force him onto the streets"

So the news element would be bureaucracy overhead causes unnecessary stress for individual
[quote][p][bold]escapefrome17[/bold] wrote: Dennis, please READ the story! Then come back with your analysis of it.....you clearly can't have actually read the words, I'll make it as simple as I can- tenancy expires, tenant for whatever reason has failed to find new accommodation in time, as happens every day to lots of people. As he currently has a roof over his head (despite not paying for it) he is not homeless.....that's one part of the 'story' ....Tenant has had a bit of hassle over his housing benefit- this doesn't affect current situation.......that s the other part of the 'story'.....so, again, what's the actual news element?[/p][/quote]I read the bit that stated he is unable to move to a new place because his housing benefit has been stopped for bureaucratic reasons. That is not for "Whatever" reason as you put it. It is at the core of the story I also read the part of the article that clearly states "COULD force him onto the streets" So the news element would be bureaucracy overhead causes unnecessary stress for individual Alan_1976
  • Score: 7

6:59pm Tue 26 Aug 14

lcxoxox says...

escapefrome17 wrote:
Dennisbrown, you clearly either haven't read the article or have completely misunderstood it- he's not being put on the streets by the evil council, as far as I can glean from the somewhat garbled article, his tenancy has expired, he hasn't sorted out somewhere else to go yet, and he's had some problems with his housing benefit in the past, which would not affect his current situation anyway_ as I said, there's no story here and its just a sloppy space filler for a slow news day. ...... ask anyone who rents their hone, this sort of thing is normal, it happens every day.
Keep your irrelevant comments to yourself
[quote][p][bold]escapefrome17[/bold] wrote: Dennisbrown, you clearly either haven't read the article or have completely misunderstood it- he's not being put on the streets by the evil council, as far as I can glean from the somewhat garbled article, his tenancy has expired, he hasn't sorted out somewhere else to go yet, and he's had some problems with his housing benefit in the past, which would not affect his current situation anyway_ as I said, there's no story here and its just a sloppy space filler for a slow news day. ...... ask anyone who rents their hone, this sort of thing is normal, it happens every day.[/p][/quote]Keep your irrelevant comments to yourself lcxoxox
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

The drains on society milking the welfa
The drains on society milking the welfa Villagecranberry
  • Score: -4

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