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Woman sleeps rough for six days rather than move into 'damp' housing association property 'you wouldn't put a dog in'

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A woman slept rough for six days rather than move into a house she claims is uninhabitable.

Housing officials offered Tracey Smith a house in Springwell, Gateshead, but she refused to move in and has now spent her dole money on staying in a hotel.

The property had been empty for a year and needed a new boiler, reports the ChronicleLive .

Now Gateshead Housing Company are looking for alternative accommodation.

Tracey said: “The house is really really damp.

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“It’s like a swimming pool because of water seeping from the boiler," she continued.

“There is no heating on and there is a terrible smell right through the house.

“You will not believe your eyes when you see it.

“I can’t stand being in the house for more than a few minutes.

“When the gas man came he said he wouldn’t put a dog in it.”

Tracey said she was driven to desperate measures after leaving her old home with the housing provider.

“I was sleeping rough for six days,” she claimed.

“I have also spent my dole money on a hotel.

“I do not want to move in because of the damp but the housing manager has been and he says it’s liveable.”

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A spokesperson for the housing company admitted work was needed at the property.

She said: “Ms Smith contacted us when she decided she wanted to move out of her property in Thursby Gardens.

“We offered her the house on Aycliffe Crescent, which was ready to move into.

“We have attempted to reassure Ms Smith about her concerns and have explained to her that work to replace the gas boiler would be undertaken in the near future.

“Given her concerns we explained to Ms Smith that if she wanted she could return to her home in Thursby Gardens.

“However she has decided against moving into the Aycliffe Crescent property and she has also advised that she doesn’t want to return to Thursby Gardens.

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“Given this situation and in an effort to help we have tried to assist Ms Smith to find another property at short notice.

“We have suggested several options, including a range of property types in a number of different areas.

“However, Ms Smith has told us that none of the options we have discussed are acceptable.

“We really do want to help and we will continue to provide Ms Smith with advice and support.”

Tracey later said the council’s attempts to find alternative accommodation had not resulted in success for her and she was now thinking of reluctantly taking the property in Aycliffe Crescent.

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