Charlie has been living in his flat for 20 years. Charlie has autism and receives support to help him live at home independently.

Charlie’s leaseholder served notice and informed him that he would have to move as the lease was ending and they planned to sell the property. Charlie was very upset as he did not want to move out of his home. He called and asked POhWER for advocacy support.

Paula, a POhWER advocate, met with Charlie and spoke to him. Charlie asked Paula to help him try to keep his home.

Paula spoke informally to a solicitors firm on Charlie’s behalf and they provided some initial free legal advice. They advised her that the leaseholder was acting within the terms of the law.

Paula worked closely with Charlie's social worker, who was very concerned about this development and keen to get a good outcome for him.

Paula accompanied Charlie and represented him in best interests meetings with the local authority, leaseholder and care provider. Paula prepared detailed arguments as to why Charlie should be allowed to remain at the premises. This included reminding the leaseholder of their own stated commitment to equality and corporate social responsibility.

Paula considered possible alternative accommodation options for Charlie, all of which involved Charlie moving to shared accommodation but she felt this would have caused him tremendous stress and would not be in his best interests or the least restrictive option.

As the leaseholder was unwilling to extend the lease, the care provider agreed that they would take over the property as a long-term project and extend the lease so as to ensure Charlie would not have to move.

Charlie is happy to be able to remain in his home with his familiar staff supporting him.