Wednesday 4 June 2014 6.35pm
go to Lewisham and see a council benefits advisor and get the HB benefit claims filled in ASAP as advised above.
Lewisham is active area of People Before Profit Ray Woolford
who can surely advise on support in that area.
There have been a few complex appeals lately won by council's in regards to succession etc or joint tenancies (names on agreement or not), so best to act fast and get professional advice of some kind.
If it was me, I would pay as much rent I could afford - not nothing - and stay put. And then if I think it worthwhile consider negotiating other suitable accommodation maybe.
Recently, some councils have become quite helpful in negotiating a move if they get back an underoccupied home.
But at the end of the day the only people who can decided is a Court, so stay put.