A Cambridge family claim they are “stuck in limbo” threatened with eviction but unable to move.
Mrs Judah Devoreaux has packed away all her belongings after being told her home is to be demolished.
She wants to move to get her six-year-old twins settled into a new school but she claims Cambridge City Council won’t allow her priority housing status. And she says to “add insult to injury” her rent has been increased.
Cambridge Liberal Democrats have called on Labour to act as a matter of urgency and allow the family to be given priority status.
“The rent increase was the final kick in the face,” said Mrs Devoreaux from her home in Eastfield, East Chesterton. “Why raise the rents on houses that are going to be knocked down? That adds insult to injury.
“I am seriously thinking of going back to Bermuda where I have family because I just want to get out of this place now. Vacant homes have been advertised on Homelink but I can’t apply for them even though I’m going to be evicted.”
Forty homes owned by housing association, Hundred Homes are to be demolished but no date has been set yet.
Tenants living in the houses have been told they will have to leave but as they have not been given a firm date they cannot get Band A priority status to apply for alternative rental homes through Homelink.
Cambridge Liberal Democrats have taken up Mrs Deveraux’s case and claim Labour are refusing to listen to the tenants’ plight.
They raised the issue at the recent Cambridge City Council meeting asking Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing what progress he had made helping tenants. But he refused to answer.
Lib Dem campaigner, Shahida Rahman said: “This family needs to have a chance to relocate to a new home as a matter of priority, but Labour is failing to help them or other tenants in the same situation.
“When Labour was in opposition they were quick to criticise council policy; now they are in a position to take action they are doing nothing.”