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Toothache
July 5th, 2006, 03:01 AM
This is the question I am facing now.

Yeah, it's my own stupid fault really. Actually I blame the council, because they messed up my housing details. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I wasn't getting enough hours at work to pay my rent, although the housing people though I was earning more. Over time, this accumulated to quite a large amount.

So, I gotta pay that back. The rent isn't increasing thanks to Housing Benefit, but I have to be out of the place in a few weeks. Which gives me little time to find somewhere to stay.

I dunno what you would do, but here is what I plan to do.

1. Buy a tent, and lots of camping equipment
2. Sell all non-essential items that I have (pretty much everything).
3. Live out of said tent until I find a place.

I'll have to find someone to look after my cat, but I know a couple of people who are willing, so that's ok.

Moral of the story: Always pay your rent, kids.

Anyway, if you were faced with this situation, what would you do?

Squeegee Beckenheim
July 5th, 2006, 03:50 AM
If it came to this, I'd go live with relatives or friends. I would still pay rent in living with them, but I would pay a reduced amount. I'd pay the reduced amount until I could budget my money to pay the average rent in the area. Now, I would only do this if my friends or relatives saw fit. I am blessed to have kind relatives and friends that would take me in if ever the situation dawned upon me. However, I am not an adult yet, and my opinion is not exactly as surefire as say someone who already is an adult.

My mom wanted me to throw in a tip, if you have the ability, stop some habits. Example being, fast food every night or buying such things as canned drinks (alcohol, cokes, ect). You can always live off water. She also suggests that you set up a budget. Set down with a calculator, and use your clever math skills to make a budget. If you need any help, let me know. I have made a budget for school projects about 15 times.

Natsuki
July 5th, 2006, 07:47 AM
*pats Toothache* Dang, I hope everything works out for you, that's seriously gotta suck. ;;~

Well, if I was on the verge of becoming homeless, I think I would first try and contact my family members and explain the situation and see if I could stay with them for a while. I would get the best paying job I was able to find and hopefully work my way back up to getting my own place again or something.

...Or I could book it as a classic hobo and wrap all my meaningless belongings in a little polka-dot handkerchief and tie it to a stick and go walk around the city holding signs made out of cardboard that read grammatically incorrect stuff like, "help asking" or something...XD

~Kelsey

conmad
July 5th, 2006, 08:05 AM
Sorry to hear Toothy I would probably contact my family, tell them the situation and see if they could help me or if they could lend me some money to help me get back on track, I would go camping in a tent though, you actually could get another job ;(

That's just my advice, but I'm 11, I wouldn't know anything about this kinda stuff

Toothache
July 6th, 2006, 12:08 AM
I'm actually trying to make the best of a bad situation. It might be fun. I've done some camping before, did a lot of walking around the Lake District and places like that so I pretty much know what I'm doing. It'll be an adventure. Besides, I'll still get online every so often since I still have library access, and let you all know how I'm doing.

conmad
July 6th, 2006, 02:05 AM
I'm actually trying to make the best of a bad situation. It might be fun. I've done some camping before, did a lot of walking around the Lake District and places like that so I pretty much know what I'm doing. It'll be an adventure. Besides, I'll still get online every so often since I still have library access, and let you all know how I'm doing.

I suppose you could go camping, it would be kinda fun but I think you couldn't stay camping forever. Some of these decisions have to be made yourself, you can always get Library access and let me us know what you're doing. If you decide to go camping for some time then you could have some fun and enjoy it, if it was me I wouldn't enjoy camping forever.

Toothache
July 6th, 2006, 02:09 AM
I don't plan to do it forever, just a few months, until I found myself a proper place to stay. Besides, the tent I'm looking at is more of a summery type, it wouldn't really last for winter time.

conmad
July 6th, 2006, 02:24 AM
I don't plan to do it forever, just a few months, until I found myself a proper place to stay. Besides, the tent I'm looking at is more of a summery type, it wouldn't really last for winter time.
Yeah, I never thought about what you could do at Winter Time, You could probably go to a B&B for the Winter, if you go camping I hope you enjoy it

TwinScythe
July 6th, 2006, 02:37 AM
Well I don't have much of a family but I do have a storage facility so I'd stay there for the while, I've seen some rented solely for that purpose =0

Toothache
July 6th, 2006, 02:39 AM
Yeah, I could do that, but it's pretty expensive around here.

TwinScythe
July 6th, 2006, 02:58 AM
yeah =/
I'm not even sure if the UK has that much storages

Toothache
July 7th, 2006, 01:06 AM
Actually, there is a possibility of saving myself. Apparently if I am able to get the full amount before the eviction date, I can stop the proceedings and I won't get kicked out. Now, I just have to find a way to generate about £300 with no job. Hhm, I got a few things I could sell, there is a way...

conmad
July 7th, 2006, 01:23 AM
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Toothache
July 7th, 2006, 01:35 AM
Well, I've got a fair bit I could sell. A whole slew of books, a PC, my GameCube if it came to that. I could probably get a fair bit for my PC though, it's a mid-ranging one nowadays cos I've upgraded it so much, so you never know.

conmad
July 7th, 2006, 01:42 AM
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Toothache
July 7th, 2006, 01:52 AM
Well, if I'm gonna lose my house I'm gonna lose all the stuff inside it as well, so I may as well sell it all and make some money from it. Makes sense, right?

conmad
July 7th, 2006, 01:57 AM
I didn't know that would happen, that would be better Toothy

Yoko-Chan
July 7th, 2006, 05:38 AM
joine the people who live on the streets? nah, f*ck them!! XD
i guess i'll bye the most important stuff, and try to do the best out of my new life.
it would have been kinda sad though :(

Drummershuff
July 7th, 2006, 08:31 AM
This is the question I am facing now.

Yeah, it's my own stupid fault really. Actually I blame the council, because they messed up my housing details. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I wasn't getting enough hours at work to pay my rent, although the housing people though I was earning more. Over time, this accumulated to quite a large amount.

So, I gotta pay that back. The rent isn't increasing thanks to Housing Benefit, but I have to be out of the place in a few weeks. Which gives me little time to find somewhere to stay.

I dunno what you would do, but here is what I plan to do.

1. Buy a tent, and lots of camping equipment
2. Sell all non-essential items that I have (pretty much everything).
3. Live out of said tent until I find a place.

I'll have to find someone to look after my cat, but I know a couple of people who are willing, so that's ok.

Moral of the story: Always pay your rent, kids.

Anyway, if you were faced with this situation, what would you do?

I'm sorry to hear that Toothy. D:

Is it possible for you to go and live with your parents until you have everything payed and sorted out and you're ready to live in another place?

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*read futher on*
If you sell some of your stuff you might be able to rase the £300. What about if you get a part time job at like a shop or something. I know it's not the best thing but at least it would pay the £300 then you can give it up.

Anyway, hope it get all sorted out, if you need anything just contact me. ^^

-Matt

Jaguarsfan2004
July 7th, 2006, 02:13 PM
i would go live with a friend and split everything like rent and paying for food

Capricorn
July 7th, 2006, 05:28 PM
If i was in this situation, lol, I'd go to a family member. I have so many that i can switch every 6 days and start at the same person two months later.

Toothache
July 8th, 2006, 01:13 AM
I actually wish I could stay with family, to be honest, I've had lots of arguments with them and neither of em want much to do with me any more. Long story, don't really want to get into it. As for friends, I've asked most of the people I know, they either don't have the space or just aren't willing for whatever reason.

Finding a job in this town is like a needle in a haystack job. It took me about 7-8 months to get into my last job.

Happy Dude
July 8th, 2006, 03:01 AM
Tent's Ftl to cold and Bad man.

Go see if you can live with some family or something.

Hope everything works out

Krafty Quill
July 9th, 2006, 04:19 AM
Well, I feel really bad for you man but hey, if you ever need a box or something to live in, maybe some black trash bags for blankets, just holla at me. Ive got the hook up. ;)

Good Luck, in its most sincerest form.

Munashii
July 9th, 2006, 05:19 AM
I'm sorry about that situation, Toothache. Hopefully, things will somehow look up.

Anyway, I'm still living with my family. However, I've camped before and if there was really no other solution to it, I'd camp. However, it's fairly easy to get a job here so I doubt I'll ever go homeless. Good luck to you!

Geometric-sama
July 9th, 2006, 06:03 AM
Sorry to hear that you aren't getting on with your folks. :S In your situation I'd get them to lend me the money, but I don't think that will help.

Drummershuff
July 17th, 2006, 01:33 AM
So, have you managed to get something sorted out yet?

Kylie-chan
July 17th, 2006, 08:26 PM
This is the question I am facing now.

Yeah, it's my own stupid fault really. Actually I blame the council, because they messed up my housing details. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I wasn't getting enough hours at work to pay my rent, although the housing people though I was earning more. Over time, this accumulated to quite a large amount.

So, I gotta pay that back. The rent isn't increasing thanks to Housing Benefit, but I have to be out of the place in a few weeks. Which gives me little time to find somewhere to stay.

I dunno what you would do, but here is what I plan to do.

1. Buy a tent, and lots of camping equipment
2. Sell all non-essential items that I have (pretty much everything).
3. Live out of said tent until I find a place.

I'll have to find someone to look after my cat, but I know a couple of people who are willing, so that's ok.

Moral of the story: Always pay your rent, kids.

Anyway, if you were faced with this situation, what would you do?
Awww! ;___; -hugs- I wish I could help! Even if you aren't getting on with your parents, they should help you anyway!

Wow, the tent thing reminds me of Fruits Basket [Tohru is orphaned and she has to move out of her grandfather's house, so she lives in a tent until she moves in with some of the Sohmas.

~Patrick~
July 18th, 2006, 08:29 AM
My family was almost in your exact situation a few years ago...the owners of the Apartment Complex unexpectedly hiked the rent from $900 a month to just about $2000 a month. The news came on such short notice, that we had no time to make any plans. Long story short it became unaffordable...and we had to move out and became homeless for a few months.

There are some Social Service Agencies that can help you though...one program we joined was for assisting the homeless. Basically it's a program for homeless people were they can live in different local Churches for a while until the people can get on their footing again. They can help you find affordable housing in your state.

Toothache
July 27th, 2006, 03:32 AM
Right, sorry I've not updated in a while, been chasing everything from pillar to post with little luck. I'm one step closer to saving myself, but I'll give you the lowdown on what's happened.

According to the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions), I was still registered in my old job, even though I hadn't been there for over a month let alone working or getting any money. This procluded me from getting any sort of state benefit until such time as I was officially signed off work, even though I was still signing at the job centre to say I was unemployed. Needless to say, I've had no income in over a month, and been getting along foodwise by selling all the stuff I could (mostly computer games, although I got a couple of bits of jewelry if this carries on). So, yeah.

Thankfully, once they get a letter from work, I'll be able to get money I am entitled to backdated, so I'll be getting around £300 all at once. Conveniently, this will be just enough to clear my debt. So therefore, I will be debt-free and they won't kick me out. Bonus. So, I'm waiting on my old boss to get into work, I went in yesterday and he apparently won't be around until later today, so by the time he appears I'll probably have to wait til Friday morning for a letter. But once that's done, I'll get some cash.

This whole mess has left me seriously depressed and apathetic though, so it's been a struggle to do the simplest of things. It's all of everything all at once combined with no money and little food.

Oh yeah, and I find out my girlfriend is going out with someone else now. Talk about kicking a man while he's down.

Never mind depressed, I'm on the verge of suicidal.

Apart from that, I'm alive, at least for now.

Amy-chan
July 27th, 2006, 08:39 PM
I feel immense sympathy for you, Toothache. I'm very sorry all this happened to you, and I hope that everything will be made better once you receive the money you were entitled to and are able to clear the debt. I wish you luck in the future, as well as for things to be sorted out again in your life. I don't know your religious beliefs or anything, but in any case, I will pray for you.

Maera
July 28th, 2006, 10:16 AM
I`m sorry to hear that Toothache. Same thing happened to one of our family members, he ended up living with us. ^_^

If I were homeless, I swear I wouldn`t take things too seriously. I wouldn`t beg or anything like that, there is always my family members... which hopefully would allow me to stay with them while everything gets back to normal. Well, that`s just me. *lol* But I`m not homeless right now, so I shouldn`t really worry. But It could happen, since life is basically full of surprises~ good or bad.

Krafty Quill
July 30th, 2006, 01:50 PM
Not to be funny or anythig but according to some survey, beggers make more money than some people with normal jobs. Some of them are real professional in the art of invoking human sorrow, using techniques such as faked blindless, deliberately torn clothes and even no shirts in the coldest of night.

I don't believe that mumbo jumbo though. How can the poor people be richer than the rich? In monetary terms, of course.

Toothache
August 1st, 2006, 12:31 AM
BTW, I hate the word sorry so don't use it in this thread please. It's not a call for sympathy, it's a letting you all know what's happening kinda thread. Sorry doesn't change anything, and it's none of your faults so guilt isn't an issue.

Okay? :-)