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What a difference a week makes

A week ago we were preparing for the coronavirus shut down not really realising the effects it would have on all our lives, both personal and in our work. For the gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies the situation has changed immeasurably.  Whilst we still live in beautiful places, where we can isolate quite comfortably for the […]

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Personal Message to everyone in the Gamekeeping Community

To all gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies, past present and future and their families These are uncertain times for everyone but we are fortunate at least to live where we do, with our shoots and estates where we can continue our work with little effects in restrictions around the home at least. We are encouraged to see […]

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11th December 2019

ON election day and approaching a time of giving perhaps it is time to take stock and consider how fortunate we are, even in these testing times.  The resilience of gamekeepers in the face of multiple challenges is amazing, just getting about this autumn has been difficult enough.  To hear and see the sheer ignorance […]

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Housing Facts

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Housing Facts 2019 (95 downloads)

Redundancy, retirement or losing your job if you have no housing provision.

Whilst it is advisable to make plans whilst in employment for any of the above eventualities it is not always possible and this fact sheet provides some suggestions of the action you can take.

Tied Accommodation

For most game keepers or allied professionals your right to accommodation is closely connected to your employment. It is known as tied accommodation and generally you are classed as service occupiers.

You are a service occupier if:

  • It is essential for you to live in the accommodation to do your job or
  • Your employment contract says it is necessary to live in the accommodation to do your job better

Rights of service occupiers

If your employer wants to end your employment and therefore your occupancy they must give you reasonable notice. Your contract of employment should identify how much notice to vacate will be given to leave your home in the case of dismissal or redundancy. If this has not been formally recorded at the beginning of your employment ensure that if you are required to leave your job for any reason that you are given a clear timescale from your employer regarding vacating the property.

Your employer will normally have to apply to a court for a possession order if you do not leave when the notice expires. If you do not agree with the reasons for the end of your employment you could apply to an employment tribunal but unless you are reinstated you will not get your accommodation back.

If you are asked to leave your accommodation and are unsure of your rights you should get legal advice from a solicitor. Advisors at Citizens Advice are also very knowledgeable and the service is free.

Options for re-housing

If you are asked to leave your accommodation and are not moving to another job with tied housing arrangements the following options may be available to you:

  • Apply for social housing from the Local Authority where you are living

The council must help you if you are legally homeless or if you are threatened with homelessness. How much help you get will depend upon your circumstances. So the council must assess your situation. You may qualify for emergency rehousing whilst you and your family are being assessed. It is best initially to contact your local council by phone in order to outline your situation. They may also provide details of housing associations to whom you could apply directly. Do this as soon as you are aware that you will need to vacate your home.

  • Find privately rented accommodation

You will need to consider whether to rent from a private landlord or through a letting agency. If you are on a low income you may receive financial help through the benefits system. The quickest way to search for property is online through a property search website.

  • Become an owner occupier

You will need to provide a deposit and obtain a mortgage. Again look on line for suitable houses/flats for sale. It is always easier to obtain a mortgage if you are in work and can demonstrate that you can keep up with mortgage repayments. This is therefore a difficult option if you are not in employment.

  • Live with family or friends

This might provide you with a temporary arrangement whilst you are identifying other means of securing accommodation.

Some helpful websites

  • Shelter

england.shelter.org.uk

scotland.shelter.org.uk

Housing advice, support and legal services. Urgent helpline 0808 8004444

  • Citizens Advice

citizensadvice.org.uk

Sections ”Finding a home to rent” and “Applying for social housing” are helpful. They have local centres.

For properties to buy and rent and estate agents in your area

For properties to buy and rent and estate agents in your area

Gamekeepers Welfare Trust

thegamekeeperswelfaretrust.com

Look under the section on housing or call the helpline on 0300 1233088


News

Firearms and Mental Health from Police Scotland

Firearms and Mental Health Introduction EVERYONE’S mental health is important and at some point, in all our lives the majority of us will be affected by circumstances or feelings that can impact negatively on us. It is important that members of the shooting community, as well as their family, friends and colleagues, understand that it’s […]

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New message from Police Scotland regarding shotgun and firearms licensing during the Corona Virus Crisis

NFEL – Coronavirus response The current unprecedented circumstances in respect of the Coronavirus has impacted on the ability of Police Scotland to deliver a number of business as usual functions.  It is necessary that we have as many officers as possible available to front line operational policing and support our colleagues in the NHS. As […]

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