Darren Smith and his partner Louise Pettett, of Storrington Close, Hangleton, have been trying to force through a move with Brighton and Hove City Council and fear they may have to move to another part of the city.
The couple are sleeping on a sofa bed in the living room with their one-year-old baby in a cot next to them, while four children aged from four to 11 share a bedroom and the eldest has her own room.That's at least one 'problem' you appear to have brought on yourselves...
Mr Smith, a lorry driver who works six days a week, said: “You can’t do normal family things because there is no space, and none of us get any privacy.
“It is unlivable. The mould means the young kids are always ill, but we can’t leave the windows open because they sleep under them and it would be too cold for them during the day and night.”Give them extra blankets. Job done!
Mr Smith, 42, also suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and he said the mould has made his breathing problems worse.So he's a sick lorry driver? Wow! Just as well his partner is healthy, th...
Miss Pettett has lived in the flat for 15 years and has fallen out of love with her family home. The 38-year-old suffers with depression and claustrophobia, and feels she needs to stay in Hangleton.So, one low-paid job between the two of them. That's just the sort of couple who should be breeding like rabbits!
In response to what the family told The Argus, a council spokeswoman said: “The council has very few four and five bedroom properties which rarely become available.
“Tenants need to be as flexible as possible to maximise their chances.
“If the situation is so overcrowded, or conditions so bad that the family are effectively homeless, then they are offered help in finding alternative private rented accommodation. This gives families more choice over the area they live in. Unfortunately not all households want this type of assistance.”No. Indeed not. They want the rest of us to pay.