It was a secure tenancy as we moved into the property in February 1983, but the council are saying that as they were not informed that my parent had moved out then we are not covered as they are classing it as abandonment and even if she were to move back they would still issue the notice to quit.
My parent moved into sheltered housing in the Midlands area of the UK, and it would not be possible to relocate back, and genuinely did beleive they had done anything wrong as it was viewed as a family home where due to my work I would need to remain in London so I simply remained in the existing property. I can understand that from the council's point of view they now have someone on their own in a two bedroom property,but I would be prepared to be rehoused into a one bedroom property by them as realistically at present financially I would not be able to afford a flat on the private market in this area of London.
As you can imagine I'm worried sick at the moment thinking that in little over a month they can simply put me out onto the street, I'm in this situation through no direct fault of my own making but as I don't have any medical conditions that would put any housing assistance in a more favourable light I get the impression that the council won't really help out.
Hope the above reply is of some help.
Thanks for the reply, at least as you say I'm aware of the timings involved now. Just wanted to clarify where you said "Once you have the possession order from the Court you can go to homeless services that may well have a duty to re-house you.," do you know what may constitute a duty to rehouse?
Ok, and just so I understand the legal consequences if I do stay put and use the time each part of the process takes does it mean I'm commiting an offence and will it mean a criminal record as this is something that is really worrying me. I may well need to use the available time to try and sort things out but would be reluctant if it would mean incurring a criminal record if staying on until the 12 weeks are up would be breaking the law?