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    Default For those who live in public housing..

    would you plan to NEVER 'give up' your house in public housing, even if you were in a position to rent privately??

    I had a conversation with a an older neighbour who was quite suprised when I mentioned in conversation that I didn't plan on being in my house (which is public housing) by 2014. I told her I was working towards getting a career and being able to be in a position to move out of here and rent/buy my own place.

    She looked at me and said " You're mad for ever leaving here! Why would you give up THIS?"

    I reiterated the fact that I was working toward a goal and that included being able to move out and then I said as a by the way " And who knows, by the time I leave, there might be another single mum in my position who would need my house.....why would I stay if I don't NEED to be here, if I CAN afford to move out, eventually??"

    I really am suprised by her response, she ended the conversation then and looked a bit miffed by my response.

    Seriously, am I MEANT to stay living in public housing FORVER...just because I was lucky enough to get a place????

    What do others, in public housing right now, think? Do you plan on staying 'forever' or, do you have plans to move on when you can and get back into the 'normal' rental market?

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    I guess in one way, it is a lot more stable, you know you aren't going to get kicked out, private rentals can be so unpredictable, and much more expensive..so I guess I can see where she was coming from. But I tend to think the same, I'd rather be in a private rental and let someone else who needs the government house have it.. even though I guess I'm considered one of those people! I personally feel quite happy to have been accepted into a nice private rental, even alot of partnered working families have heaps of trouble with that.

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    if i had a chance to own my own home id be out like a flash.

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    I'm not in public housing, but I strongly think it is the best thing to do (move on) if you can afford to. Not only to free the house up for another person/family who needs it, but for your self worth. You would feel so much better about yourself for achieving your set goals and moving on up. Why would a person not strive to do just that with their life?

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    I did live in a housing commission for 7 years and the only reason we moved out was we bought our own house. Other than that no I would never move out of a housing commission to rent a private house never even if the finances changed.

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    We're in a government house at the moment because we need a wheelchair accessible house for ds1 which is pretty hard to find in our price range on the private rental market.
    If we had the chance to buy the right property, we would be out of here quick smart.

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    i dont think i will ever move out of housing tbh. i will never earn enough to rent privately and cant actually see myself ever partnering up. i do however want to move from my 3 bedroom to a 2 bedroom unit however the wait is years adn years and years because they dont have a thing in place that lets them downgrade even though i am sure a family out there need a 3bedroom but cant get it.

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    this may come across as harsh but IMO if you are in the position to rent privately then i really think you should move out to make room for someone who really needs it how would you feel if it were u waiting for a house and u knew there was a family in there that could afford to rent privately but your left in a refuge/ caravan whatever while waiting i think it is really selfish to choose to stay i know of a few single mums who say they will never leave there government funded housing as they will never be able to afford private etc to me thats a load of crap once ur child is at school there are more work oppurtunities for more money etc i know plenty of single mums who rent on there own as well and they manage just fine i know it does depend on circumstances and the single mums i know there children are at school so that helps with them being able to earn more

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumma2ajem View Post
    this may come across as harsh but IMO if you are in the position to rent privately then i really think you should move out to make room for someone who really needs it how would you feel if it were u waiting for a house and u knew there was a family in there that could afford to rent privately but your left in a refuge/ caravan whatever while waiting i think it is really selfish to choose to stay i know of a few single mums who say they will never leave there government funded housing as they will never be able to afford private etc to me thats a load of crap once ur child is at school there are more work oppurtunities for more money etc i know plenty of single mums who rent on there own as well and they manage just fine i know it does depend on circumstances and the single mums i know there children are at school so that helps with them being able to earn more
    can i ask why you just say single mums? partnered families dont stay just because they can, is it only single mums? not dads? not single people with children who are grown up in a 3bedroom house?

    just wanted to add i dont yet have a school age child and when i do my work choices are not that good. i can only do school hours and i dont drive so i am limited even more than most
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    Quote Originally Posted by mumma2ajem View Post
    this may come across as harsh but IMO if you are in the position to rent privately then i really think you should move out to make room for someone who really needs it how would you feel if it were u waiting for a house and u knew there was a family in there that could afford to rent privately but your left in a refuge/ caravan whatever while waiting i think it is really selfish to choose to stay i know of a few single mums who say they will never leave there government funded housing as they will never be able to afford private etc to me thats a load of crap once ur child is at school there are more work oppurtunities for more money etc i know plenty of single mums who rent on there own as well and they manage just fine i know it does depend on circumstances and the single mums i know there children are at school so that helps with them being able to earn more
    How many jobs do you know that are compatible with 9 - 3 school hours?

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