Family in home hell
PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010
TWO Exmouth teenagers and their 10-month-old baby are homeless and say the district council is refusing to help. Epileptic Charlotte Richards, 19, her baby son Hamish, and partner Dean Brown, also 19, claim they were illegally evicted by their landlord af
TWO Exmouth teenagers and their 10-month-old baby are homeless and say the district council is refusing to help.Epileptic Charlotte Richards, 19, her baby son Hamish, and partner Dean Brown, also 19, claim they were illegally evicted by their landlord after a mix-up over housing benefit payments and now they have nowhere to live.Because the couple are unable to stay with family they have been sleeping on friends' floors - but the unemployed pair have run out of places to stay and are 'desperate' to be re-homed by the council.East Devon District Council said the couple, who met while at school, were told not to leave their former accommodation because they had a legal right to stay there.The council said their decision to leave after receiving an 'invalid notice to quit from their landlord' without arranging new accommodation means they have made themselves 'intentionally homeless'.A district council spokesman said: "They have the opportunity to request a review of this decision, but they have not chosen to do so to date."As a matter of routine, when approached by anybody with a homelessness application, we always make enquiries with them to see if there are any family members or friends that can help them out. "In this instance, the couple would not pass on details of family members, so we were unable to pursue that option."Until they find somewhere to live, Miss Richards and Mr Brown are carrying their possessions around in two rucksacks, while the larger items of furniture are in storage.Ms Richards, who used to live in Budleigh Salterton, said: "We have run out of friends' places to stay and we have no family."My son is feeling very insecure."Former Exmouth Community College pupil Mr Brown added: "We can't afford a deposit on another place. We used our savings on the deposit on the place we had, but we didn't get it back.