‘My flea-infested flat left my baby covered in bites’

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Leslie lives in a rented flat with her young son in south London. She is a personal trainer.

Leslie

Leslie

When I found this flat, the landlady told me it had been newly decorated and refurbished, and I took her at her word, it did look lovely. But of course when you first go to see a property, it’s hard to detect underlying problems.

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‘First I was attacked. Then I was made homeless’

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Laura is in her thirties and is a mother to two children. She was made homeless after being attacked. When the council didn’t take her case seriously, Shelter got involved and fought for a safe place for her family to live.

Laura

Laura

I became homeless after I was attacked. I feared for my life.  I wasn’t sure what to do, I didn’t have a plan but I knew my kids and I needed to leave the area. I couldn’t go to my family because I feared I would put them in danger as well.

 

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‘Our landlord didn’t do repairs, assaulted me and then evicted us’

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Chris, 42,  lives in London. He is a sports development consultant. After getting married, he moved into a new flat. He encountered numerous problems and a surveyor assessed the building deeming it at risk of collapse. The landlord refused to take the issue seriously and made their lives a misery.

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Chris

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‘It’s difficult to be happy when we’re all under so much stress’

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Sharon is a bus driver from London. She rented in east London, with her four children for many years, but when her landlord decided to sell the property, she couldn’t find anywhere affordable to live. She has been on the council waiting list for eight years.

Sharon

Sharon

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‘We are facing the final stage of the eviction process: bailiffs’

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Angela lives in Bristol with her five-year-old son Kardinell. She is training to be a teaching assistant.  After five happy years in her home, she received a Section 21 eviction notice from her landlord. Now that her notice period has expired, bailiffs will arrive imminently to remove her.

Amanda

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