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Leonard Barden
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Can anyone help?

Post by Leonard Barden » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:17 pm

I was going to post this on the accommodation topic page, but that is now locked.

I have been lodging in a house in Sydenham, South London, for the past ten years. A few weeks ago my landlord told me that he was selling up due to mortgage problems and that I would have to leave by the end of this month, ie by 31 December.

I have been looking for somewhere else, but so far without success. I have been paying £100 a week, but most advertised rooms are much more expensive than that. Even more of a disadvantage is that nobody wants a tenant in his eighties. I have applied to Lewisham council, but it is unclear whether that will produce a result and even if it does the bureaucratic wheels grind slowly. I even tried the local chess club to see if anyone would put me up, but no luck.

Hence this approach to Forum members. My needs are rather modest, basically a table and chair to work, a place fairly close to public transport and shops as I don't have a car, within the area covered by a Freedom Pass and ideally within reasonable travel distance of London Bridge where I have to go at weekends. I can pay up to around £100 a week, and as an extra would be available for chess training games/analysis/coaching if desired, though this is entirely optional.

If anyone has a suggestion, please send me a pm or alternatively email me at Even an offer of a camp bed on somebody's floor for a few weeks might make the difference, although naturally I'd prefer the option of a longer period.

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IM Jack Rudd
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Re: Can anyone help?

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:23 am

Is Dagenham too far out? I've found someone there who may be able to help.

Stephen Saunders
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Re: Can anyone help?

Post by Stephen Saunders » Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:43 pm

Mr Barden, your council should certainly be able to accomodate you. If you have a local CAB approach them, they are (in my experience) tremendously helpful in such matters.

John McKenna
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Re: Can anyone help?

Post by John McKenna » Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:59 pm

I agree with Stephen Saunders, above, so I've sent Mr Barden details of a Citizens Advice Bureau not far from where he resides.
To find a for(u)m that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. (Samuel Beckett)

Mike Truran
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Re: Can anyone help?

Post by Mike Truran » Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:17 pm

Maybe this one should go forward on a PM basis now rather than via public posts?

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Carl Hibbard
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Re: Can anyone help?

Post by Carl Hibbard » Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:26 pm

Mike Truran wrote:Maybe this one should go forward on a PM basis now rather than via public posts?
I agree.
Carl Hibbard

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