A 25-YEAR-OLD who lost his mother on January 9 now fears losing the house where he grew up.
Danny Christie and his late mother Brenda Levett hoped succession rules would allow him to stay in the council house in Uvedale Crescent, New Addington, where they have lived since 1988.
But he says he was warned by a council tenancy officer he may be asked to move because he now has more rooms than he needs, especially given the pressing need for housing in the borough.
Mr Christie, who says he is working and able to pay the extra share of rent on the house, said: "It is all I have ever known. All mum was worried about was the house and me and making sure everything was OK in the future.
"To find this out at 25, that because of the housing situation I might have to move, is terrible." Brenda, who was 67, was known to hundreds on the New Addington estate for her work selling Avon cosmetics. She had also worked for the National Autistic Society as a carer at the St Edwards home. Friends paid tribute to Brenda last week, with one telling the Advertiser ' 'she could always make you feel better, no matter how bad you felt'.
A council spokesman said it was "in the process of arranging to meet Mr Christie to discuss his housing situation".
He added: "His current property has two spare bedrooms and we need to balance this with the needs of families awaiting housing. We look forward to working with Mr Christie to help him find a smaller, more suitable home."
He added the council has, on average, "ten cases a year" of under-occupying successors who are asked to move.