Mum's Housing Hell As Daughter 'Sleeps In Cupboard' Because Council Home Is So Small
Remember when you were a kid and you'd find the smallest of places to make a den or it would be your secret hiding place where no one could find you? Well imagine that being your actual bedroom.
This mum-of-four has revealed her 'house hell' as her seven-year-old daughter 'has to sleep in a cupboard' which has no window.
Leah Edwards, 31, is desperate to move from her tiny home and have enough space for her four kids, reports Hull Live.
The desperate mum and her partner, Tom Baker, 29, live in a tiny home in Hull with their three children and Leah's teenage son from a previous relationship.
The three boys, aged 13, eight and one, share a room while the couple's daughter Aalayiah Baker, seven, sleeps in a makeshift room which used to be a cupboard.
The 'bedroom' has no windows and just fits a bunk bed with room for storage underneath.
The wall was knocked through three years ago to make enough space. This left Leah's room even smaller as a result but meant little Aalayiah had somewhere of her own.
The family are constantly getting in each other's way due to their tight living arrangements and Leah said arguments regularly break out between her children.
The struggling mum, who is at the end of her tether and suffering from stress, said: "My head's gone.
"It's stressing me out. We are all cramped in, the boys are arguing all the time and my eldest son needs his space.
"I've had to make a cupboard into a room for my daughter. She was in with me in my room but I needed space too.
"It's beyond a joke. All my seven-year-old girl does in that room is go to sleep in the bedroom.
"She has got no window which is no good for her and it's only a bit bigger than a cupboard with room for just a bed and a wardrobe.
"The boys just want their own rooms and they keep asking when we are moving. It's just stressful for all of us and I just feel like I'm not getting anywhere."
Leah has lived in the house for 14 years and says she had agreed a deal in principle to exchange homes with another Hull City Council tenant who lives nearby.
The other tenant has a five-bedroom house and is apparently waiting to move since the deal, which she claims was struck in February.
According to the mum-of-four, she may have to wait until the end of next month to move and with every passing day she is becoming more desperate to move her family to a new home where they can start afresh, reports the Mirror.
She said: "It would be amazing to move. It would be the best thing ever for them all to have their own rooms and to no longer have to share one toilet.
"It is causing arguments because we are all cooped together and no one has any space to themselves.
"I'm struggling to sleep because it is just playing on my mind. It's a nightmare for us, especially for my eldest son who doesn't want to be sharing with an eight-year-old boy and a one-year-old that wakes up in the middle of the night."
According to Councillor John Black, who is the portfolio holder for housing at Hull City Council, this is a compulsory procedure when tenancies come to an end.
He said: "There are many reasons why we need to have surveyors going in and carry out checks and we do use the change in tenancy as a stop-gap to get into properties.
"If there has been any undue waiting then I am very disappointed because clearly there is overcrowding and I hope they are able to make some progress very quickly."
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