Sheffield mum pleads with council bosses for new home

Council housing - Emma Horton

Council housing - Emma Horton

A desperate Sheffield mum-of-two is pleading with council bosses to re-home her – after her ceiling collapsed and she was burgled in the same week.

Emma Horton, aged 27, returned home from a break in Skegness to find her bedroom ceiling on the floor and her carpet drenched in water after a leak in her bathroom.

She contacted housing officials who visited her home on Leighton Place, Gleadless Valley, and assessed it as ‘habitable’.

But Emma was so angry she demanded another visit and a second housing official agreed she should not be living there in the property.

The family are now in temporary accommodation but do not want to return to the same house after repairs are carried out.

Emma said the break-in, during which her TV was stolen, had left her children terrified the burglar could return.

She is also worried the offender tried to set fire to her home, after finding charred remains of letters in her three-year-old son Lewis’ bedroom.

The full-time mum is also fearful her son’s breathing problems could be related to damp in her home.

“I cannot believe the first housing inspector said it was perfectly acceptable for me to bring my children back to this house with the ceiling down, the smell of damp, the wet carpet and just one single bed for me and my daughter to sleep in because mine is covered in plaster,” she said.

“Somebody needs to explain that decision.”

Sheffield’s Council Housing Services area manager Les Benn said: “We’re sorry there was a leak in Ms Horton’s home and understand this must have been very upsetting for her. Temporary accommodation has been provided.

“We have had no previous reports of damp. If Ms Horton wants to be permanently rehoused she needs to bid for a property under the normal route or take advantage of our First Come First Served service. We will offer assistance in doing this and hope to complete the repairs as soon as possible.”




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