Hi again Joshua,
Now the housing association manager (Laura) is asking for yet more evidence even through I thought I had met the criteria.
I have pasted our last few emails below... is she stepping over the mark legally? even through her tone is aggressive and hostile, knowing that my mother has just passed away.
I initially wrote...
I can confirm that 6 Blore Close was my principle home 12 months prior to my my mother passed away. I do however return to visit my daughter and fiancee whenever possible. Well at least until they can move to the UK with me on a full time basis. I did notify your office that I had moved back some time ago, only I didn't do it in writing. My apologies.
Thank you for considering my application for a succession. In order to get the succession started...
Please find the attached documentation:
Which has been counter signed by the local job centre advisor. You see as soon as I was aware that my mother was in need of help due to her illness, I moved all business operations back with me. I'm a full time artist and was lucky enough to be able to get state help from the local job centre 12 months prior to my mother's death.
A DVLA provisional driver's license that states 6 Blore Close as my home address.
Regarding the Utility bill and Bank statement that you have requested, I am meeting my mother/ myself bank manager shortly and will obtain written proof/ statement from him then. I will of course send over this documentation along with the British Gas documentation.
Is all the above acceptable?
Reply from Laura stated.
Thank you for your email and attachments. As advised in my letter you will need to satisfy Wandsworth Council that you have been residing at Blore Close as your only or principal residence for 12 months prior to your mother passing away. My understanding is that Sweden was your permanent residence.
As requested you need to make an appointment to see me with the relevant documentation for the last 12 months. What you have currently provided is not adequate proof.
Thank you for your email (23 April 2014) and indeed for your kind patients regarding my reply. I'm sure you can appreciate that I'm still coming to terms over the loss of my mother and I'm still grieving.
To the matters at hand. Please find the attached Gas Bill (that has been counter signed by my local job centre, the bill states the dates of my residence from the 17th of April 2013 - 17th July 2013. I do also have an earlier one, but i'm hoping that this one should suffice) and passport evidence.
Is this adequate proof? If it isn't, please could you kindly let me know why as I can see where I'm going wrong.
Also, I have to state again that you are in error with regards to Sweden being my permanent residence and I can prove that I was residing with my mother 12 months prior to her passing away. In addition to this I am very happy to provide a statutory declaration, (which is evidence on oath with a solicitor) that is of course if you request one. However, I do appreciate your due diligence.
Dear Mr Butterly
Thank you for your email.
The proof you have provided does still not adequately demonstrate that you were living there as your permanent residence. If you live somewhere for a year or more I would expect to see bank statements, utility bills, wage slips for the whole period in your name. Please would you check and see what further proof you can provide?
In the meantime I have asked the Council to undertake some audit checks which should be able to assist with our investigations.
I note that you have still not responded to my request to attend an appointment at this office. I have therefore arranged an appointment at this office for 11.30am on 16 May 2014. If this appointment is not convenient please let me know as soon as possible.
In the meantime I note that the rent of £170 is not being paid apart from a direct debit of £41.08 per every four weeks. The arrears currently stand at £767.86 and you should make arrangements to clear this amount as soon as possible. If you are having trouble paying you should let me know. You maybe entitled to claim housing benefit if you are on a low income.