General Article The housing crisis and me

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Amy, 24, Daventry

‘Me and my partner separated at the beginning of the year. As a result, me and our two children, aged four and 18 months, moved in with my mum. The following day I went to my local council and explained the whole situation and was told there was nothing they could do as I was the one that left the family home and therefore made myself effectively homeless.
‘To get into a private landlord property the upfront fees were £1000 minimum for a one bedroom flat. These people are meant to be here to help!’

Lisa, 28, County Durham

‘Me and my partner are a young family with four children – three are girls, and our eldest daughter is at the age where she needs to have her own room due to her growing up.
‘We used to live in Newcastle in a private rented house, where the landlord never did any repairs. We lived there for nine years, until last year when our gas boiler and gas meter were both condemned.

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