A young family with even younger children are being thrown out of their home after just seven days’ notice.
Amy Winter, 26, and Joshua Thain, 27 are living in fear “waiting for their door to be broken down.”
This Young Family Is Set To Be Evicted From Their Home After Just 7 Days’ Notice
The family received benefits and had not paid rent for months on the housing association property when the court ordered them to leave by January 31.
They add how the council was aware of their situation as Amy’s grandmother passed away in August.
That being said, their names were not placed on the tenancy agreement.
Amy, who is also five-months pregnant, said: “It’s that bad we don’t go out or anything because we’re worried.”
“I’ve asked my family if they can help, they can’t help with accommodation because they’re only living in one bed and two bedroom houses. I think Barnsley Council need to get off their backside and figure out what they’re going to do, instead of just telling us one thing and next thing a different thing.”
Amy also alleges that the housing association said they would “put them on the streets”.
“We’re just waiting for them to break down the door now.”
Barnsley Council say they have offered the family quite a few options but they were refused as it would “split” the family up.
A spokesperson for the housing association, Sanctuary Housing, stated the firm had been working with Barnsley Council to ensure Amy and Liam had a place to live.
“On Monday, January 31, an Outright Possession Order for this property was granted by a judge at court which asks the occupants to vacate it within seven days,” they shared with YorkshireLive.
“The proceedings related to significant rent arrears that have built up with no rent being paid for several months, despite our attempts to resolve the issue before going to court. We have been liaising with Barnsley Council to ensure the occupants can access alternative accommodation as soon as possible.”
“This property can then be offered to a family who are currently waiting on Barnsley’s housing list.”
Barnsley Councillor Jenny Platts, added: “Our housing team are continuing to work with the couple and are offering them advice around their housing options and support to consider alternative accommodation.”
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