Family ‘faces homelessness’ after toddler ‘placed bid on wrong council house’
A mum says she could end up homeless with her two kids after her toddler accidentally bid on the wrong council house.
The abuse victim, 37, claims her two-year-old son accidentally clicked on the property on her mobile phone.
She says the house was unsuitable as it was near to where her ex-partner lives, BirminghamLive reports.
The mum added she refused to move there as he had threatened to have her "beaten up".
She says she tried to cancel the bid and explained it was made in error, but was offered the property in Shard End, Birmingham anyway.
The woman accused Birmingham City Council of withdrawing its duty of care as it will not provide another housing option.
She will have to go through the county court to appeal its decision.
But she says if she loses that, she will be evicted from her current temporary accommodation in the Black Country.
The mum said: "It's left me feeling overwhelmed, depressed.
"My son is always saying: 'Mum stop crying, one day I'll buy you a house'.
"It's just overwhelming not knowing whether you're going and knowing you and your kids may end up on the road."
She claims her son got hold of her phone while she was trying to get him ready for bed, which was logged in to the council portal.
The woman said: "I put the phone down to get him dressed, he picked up the phone and started fiddling with it and placed a bidding error.”
She said she was offered the property but tried to explain the situation.
The woman said: “I later found out that my son's dad lives in the area that the property is in, I explained it to them.
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"The council has turned down all the appeals I've done and said I have to appeal through the courts."
She is currently awaiting the date of the hearing.
But with not enough money to afford legal representation, while earning too much to qualify for legal aid, she fears the worst.
She added: “Baring in mind I haven't got any family in the country. I've got two kids that I'll have to go on the street with because I haven't got anyone to stay with."
The council refused to comment on her claims about the bid and said it could not comment on the legal appeal.
A council statement said: "There are now over 18,000 applicants on the housing register in Birmingham and this includes over 4,000 council tenants requiring alternative accommodation and 3500 homeless households in temporary accommodation.
"We produce a housing advice pack which is updated every three months.
"This contains information regarding the current levels of demand for social housing that the council is experiencing and advice regarding accessing privately rented accommodation as this is the most viable option for families on waiting lists.”
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