June 2005

Well, the search for a new house is well and truly underway, despite a rather languid start. Last week I spent a few days at a friends house in Hull so that I could get around the local letting agencies. What a depressing experience. It’s not like there is any shortage of housing in Hull, but the moment you mention your going to be receiving housing benefit they can’t wait to get you out of the door. I realise that there is a stigma surrounding people on social security benefits, if anyone should know, I do. Seven years working at a housing association showed me that a lot of people that choose not to work, also choose the neglect their accommodation. I’m not one of those people!

Anyway, from today onwards I’m not going to waste a single day. I spoke to a nice woman from a Hull housing association. She said that a property advert in the Hull Daily Mail can generate between three and four hundred responses, which means that I have seriously underestimated demand. I need to stay ahead of those other four hundred people. Given the standard of secondary education in the area, it shouldn’t be that difficult.

I’ve been pointed in the direction of a company that provides student accommodation (companies that I have avoided in the past) who are said to be happy to let their small houses to private individuals. I shall start with them tomorrow.

I’m feeling quite negative about the whole experience of looking for a new house. I really could do with a little positive news to pump up my motivation. Fingers crossed for what the next week brings.