We went to CAB yesterday (not an experience I wish to repeat anytime soon) - we were there nearly 2 hours, most of that in the waiting room and another 15 minutes waiting for the advisers to come back with some information sheets (which actually turned out to be no help at all). The 2 lady advisers we saw (one was a trainee) were very kind and sympathetic, they just had no useful advice! Literally none. They didn't tell us anything we didn't already know. I'm not knocking them, just saying it was a complete waste of time.
I've spent ages online searching all the letting agents' websites - rents are a bit of an eye opener. Our rent here is very reasonable for a 3 bed house, it's because it's on a farm in a rural area with no local amenities, rental places in less rural spots (which most of them are) are so much higher (and I'm talking 100s).
It was suggested (by annie b I think) that we look at retirement housing. I quickly found around a dozen not too far away - they are all large blocks of apartments with shared garden areas, varying facilities, some are sheltered or assisted housing, some with different criteria for potential occupants. None are what we want, even if we fit the criteria - husband may be 65 but he's not old yet! And i'm 10 years younger. Basically, both of us feel we don't want to live in an old peoples home, which is more or less what they are, even if you do have your own flat. And we want a house, not a flat, and it must have a garden.
So we just keep on looking, until we find a suitable place, I guess.
It may be that we're not the ones the landlord decides to boot out in 6 months time. But we now know that, far from us being able to live here indefinitely as he gave us to understand when we first moved in, he will kick us out as and when it suits him.