Debt crisis: Cambs mother faces eviction after rent arrears
A MOTHER of two who is facing eviction from her home in Brampton urged other families struggling with their finances to seek help straight away. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, has a debt of �2,100. But because the debt has been built up in bac
A MOTHER of two who is facing eviction from her home in Brampton urged other families struggling with their finances to seek help straight away.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, has a debt of �2,100.
But because the debt has been built up in back rent on the three-bedroom property where she lives, she has been issued with repossession order.
Her landlords have given her until next Thursday (May 28) to come up with half the amount or leave the house.
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But the 35-year-old single mother says she has no way of paying the debt and the situation is impacting on her health causing her anxiety and panic attacks.
"For my health I need to stay in my home," she said. "If I lose this house I want to stay in Buckden or Brampton as it's where my only support is."
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The woman says she spiralled into debt after leaving her weekly paid agency job and moved to a lower paid job which is paid monthly.
This coupled with the increasing cost of living have hit her finances.
Despite, clearing a debt of �8,000 with the help of Huntingdon Law Centre, the woman says all her money is tied up, leaving little for her �525 rent.
She said: "I've contacted Huntingdonshire District Council, my doctor and the MP, and The Hunts Post is my last hope. If I can't be helped then I at least want to urge others in financial difficulty to get help as soon as possible."
She added: "I changed jobs last year and this had a major impact on my finances. I got into trouble and, yes, I admit I buried my head in the sand.
"Fortunately I've managed to get my bills in hand thanks to Huntingdon Law Centre. But I owe rent arrears and I am terrified at the thought of where I'm going to end up.
"I really want to stay in my home as it's the only security I have."
The woman is on HDC's housing waiting list but fears a move into temporary accommodation will result in her children having to live with their father.
She said: "I don't know how anyone can help me, but there must be something someone can do. I just need a chance to stay in my home. If I have to leave I'm sure I would lose my children, my dogs and my furniture.
"And to be honest, I don't know if I would be able to make it out the other end."
INFORMATION: For debt advice phone Huntingdon Law Centre on 01480 356778 or the Citizens Advice Bureau on 01480 388900.