The Waiting Game

1st September 2010

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” – Matthew 19:24

The last few days we have been feeling very restless despite keeping busy.  We have been going to a leisure centre though to use the spa – steam room, sauna and jacuzzi which has been relaxing.  Normally over a bank holiday weekend we find plenty to keep us busy but this one just gone we just didn’t know what to do with ourselves.  That hasn’t helped either and the weekend seemed to drag.

Last week Rick ‘chased up’ our housing association as we put in an application form a couple of weeks ago to another housing association in North East England.  They were quick off the mark and wrote back to us the following day so we received a letter on the Wednesday to state that we would be going on the waiting list.  A letter was also sent to our housing association for a rent reference which is normal procedure.  When Rick rang up last week the person he spoke to wasn’t very helpful and said that the letter had either been binned as it hadn’t been addressed to anybody specifically or lost.  He was advised to email a member of staff to request that a rent reference was sent to us so we could forward it on.  I duly sent the email off and Rick had been promised that we would get a response back on Friday.  Not surprisingly we didn’t get a reply back. Since we have been tenants here we have had to battle to get anything done in regards to repairs.  Half the kitchen had been ripped out by the tenant we did a mutual exchange with and it took six months of battling to get the kitchen sorted out.  Almost a year on we still have a problem with the tap as it’s hard to turn off so have an ongoing battle with a dripping tap.

Yesterday we took a trip to the office to sort it out over the rent reference.  We were told the officer who should have dealt with it was off sick on Friday and was out of the office yesterday.  The promise was that it would be done today by 10.30 am.  Fortunately we did receive the email which has been forwarded on to the other housing association.  Now it is a waiting game but they are optimistic that it won’t be long as we are prepared to move to a low demand area.  We have always been at our happiest on the coast so when this happens we will be close to the coast again.

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About Philippa

I am married to Rick and we live in a small town in County Durham. We have two dogs, a cat and two budgies. I am also an adoption survivor. In 1981 my son was born and I was then forced to surrender him. It took 23 years and reunion for my to find out that my son's adoption was legally known as a forced adoption and illegal but social workers got away with it because mothers didn't know their rights.
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