Mum-of-two on brink of homelessness says Home-Link system is not fair

A HUNTINGDONSHIRE mum of two who faces homelessness in a week’s time is calling for working single parents to be given priority on the housing register.

Kristel Hartup, pictured with son Leo, of Monarch Road, Eaton Socon, was told in December she would have to pay an extra �30 a month for her privately-rented property.

She agreed to the rent increase if repairs were made to the property, and was later handed an eviction notice by her landlord, who told her he wanted to sell.

The Driving Standards Agency worker struggled to find another home in the private sector because of her poor credit rating, and turned to Huntingdonshire District Council’s lettings scheme, Home-Link, as a last-resort.

She has been placed in Band B on the housing register as she is threatened with homelessness. Kristel was due to find out, as The Hunts Post went to press, if a bid she had made through Home-Link on a social housing property in Eynesbury had been successful.

But Kristel says the whole process of bidding for properties on Home-Link has been “really confusing.” She has appeared on BBC1’s Sunday Politics Show calling for a change in the system.

She said: “I did not bid on any properties last week, because I haven’t got a PC. When I finally got on the internet, the only properties left were in Cambridge.

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“Something has to change. I get so cross. I haven’t been able to do anything, just waiting. I have done everything I possibly can. We will just have to see what happens now.