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Mum's housing hell as her council home is so small her daughter 'has to sleep in a cupboard'

Mirror logo Mirror 12/06/2018 Alex Grove
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A mum-of-four has revealed her 'house hell' as he home is so small that her daughter "has to sleep in a cupboard".

Leah Edwards, 31, is desperate to move from her tiny home and have enough space for her family, reports Hull Live .

The desperate mum and her partner Tom Baker, 29, live in a tiny home in Sheldon Close, 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.

a girl posing for a picture: A mum-of-four has told of her 'nightmare' living situation as her house is so small that her daughter has to sleep in a cupboard © Hull Daily Mail/MEN Media A mum-of-four has told of her 'nightmare' living situation as her house is so small that her daughter has to sleep in a cupboard

It has no windows and simply fits a bunk bed with room for storage underneath.

The wall was knocked through to make enough space three years ago which left Leah's room even smaller as a result.

The family are constantly getting in each other’s way due to their tight living arrangements and Miss Edwards 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.

a little girl standing in front of a building: The family are waiting to move into a five bedroom home © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The family are waiting to move into a five bedroom home

“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.”

Miss Edwards has lived in the house for 14 years and she says she has agreed a deal in principle to exchange homes with another Hull City Council tenant who lives in nearby Padstow Close.

He 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.

a young child sitting in a room: Leah said the family are stressed and argue all the time because of their cramped living conditions © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Leah said the family are stressed and argue all the time because of their cramped living conditions

“It would be amazing to move,” Miss Edwards said. “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.”

Miss Edwards says she is being made to wait for her dream move because a surveyor needs to come round and assess the house before she and her family can move out.

This has left the mum frustrated, but 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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