Family forced to live in Hull hotel for weeks after landlord made them homeless
A family with four young children made homeless by their former landlord have been living in a Hull hotel for weeks and are at risk of staying in guesthouses for next year.
Kelly Ward, 33, had to leave her former home in Rochdale last year with her 34-year-old husband Zak and their four children because of an abusive ex-partner.
They moved to a village in East Lindsey to private accommodation last December but said they soon began to run into problems, Lincolnshire Live reports.
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Kelly told Lincolnshire Live that her landlord had started demanding hefty payments for electricity on top of their monthly rent bill, which she said went against the contract which stated that their rent would include all public services.
After the landlord reportedly shut off the electricity to their unit at one point, Kelly and Zak left with their children aged one, seven, nine and 11 on January 27.
They were initially placed by East Lindsey District Council in a hotel in Grimsby, but soon moved to a Travelodge in Hull – where the family ended up staying for weeks.
They were then moved about two weeks ago to a bed and breakfast in East Lindsey, but have now been told they will be moving to another today, March 1.
This will be their fourth move in about a month.
will soon be moving from their current bed and breakfast in East Lindsey to another in the same area, in what will be their fourth placement in about a month.
Kelly said: “It’s bad for our health as we didn’t have proper washing and cooking facilities in the Travelodge and we still don’t know where we are now.
“We asked the council to refer us to a suitable hostel but were told we hadn’t been in the area long enough and someone even said we needed to go back to Rochdale.
“When they said my jaw had just hit the floor because they knew we had to leave Rochdale because of my ex-partner.”
A spokesperson for East Lindsey District Council said: “When a family approaches the council as homeless, if confirmed, the council will provide emergency accommodation and work with them to find a home. longer-term housing option.”
Kelly says most of her belongings are now in their previous owner’s driveway and claims he told them they will have to pay to get them back.
But of her current accommodation, Kelly added: “We are on benefits and because of the lack of kitchen facilities we have to pay a lot more for meals which really impacts what we get. .
“When we were at the Travelodge it cost us over £100 to feed the family and all we got was junk food.
“We just want to be referred to a hostel where we have our own facilities so we can take care of the kids properly.”
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