MUM-three were forced to sit on sofas to surf for months after she and her children were given just 30 minutes to leave their council home.
Izabela Kikosicka, 36, felt there was “no way out” after she was evicted from her temporary accommodation in Erith, Kent, last November.
She claims she and her children, 5, 10 and 13, had no idea they would be asked to pack their belongings, moments before law enforcement officers changed the locks and they were kicked out .
And Izabela said Waltham Forest Council, who provided her with accommodation in Bexley County, London when she was deemed homeless three years ago, has now “washed her hands” of her plight.
She told The Sun Online: “I don’t see how they can put someone on the street and not care what’s going to happen.
“I didn’t know they were going to change the locks in the temporary accommodation so it was obviously a big shock.
“I was told I had to go to Waltham Woods Council but they said ‘you don’t have to go back to Bexley’.”
She added: “No answer, nothing at all. The council didn’t contact me. They washed their hands with me.”
Izabela, who cleans while training to be a midwife, doesn’t quite know why she was kicked out of the house.
She said the council told her it was because they had “fulfilled their housing obligations” to her after providing her with a home 140 miles away in Derbyshire in 2020.
Izabela said she did not accept the offer at the time because it meant moving her children away from their schools, families and friends.
But now, she is burdening her friends by sleeping under their roof every night.
“The council said I was kicked out of the house because they had done their duty so they canceled the accommodation,” she explained.
“I’ve been surfing on the sofa with my friends since about 30 November.
“All we have is our clothes, everything else is in storage.
“It feels like there’s no way out.”
It feels like there’s no way out.
Izabela said Bexley London Regional Council, Erith’s local government, also denied any responsibility for her case.
An email sent from Bexley Council on 22 November told her “you have no local connection to this local authority” even though her children have been attending school there since 2018.
She is now in no position to rent privately and even if she could, she says no one will rent to her now because she has been evicted.
And the desperate mother feels she is in a “strange unidentified circle” with no idea how to find another place to live.
“It is exhausting constantly trying to find somewhere,” explains Izabela.
“The council said it wasn’t they who kicked me out, they said it was the real estate agent and I was basically looking for the wrong person.
“I feel like my life is falling apart. I’m so worried about my children. I can’t even tell them because I don’t know myself.”
Cllr Louise Mitchell, Cabinet Member on Homelessness and Homelessness at Waltham Forest Council, said: “It is a national scandal that benefits and wages do not cover the cost of renting in London.
“We do everything we can to help families find stable housing during an emergency.
“When we help families at risk of becoming homeless, we cannot put them where they cannot afford to pay rent and buy everyday necessities.
“We are proud of our housing record. The county is undergoing the largest homebuilding program in a generation.
“We’re doing everything we can to get as many new homes built as people can afford. We’re calling on the Government to do more to tackle the crisis that affects millions. people above and below this country.”
Bexley London Regional Council was approached for comment.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8261518/mum-kids-sofa-surf-months-kicked-out-council-home/ My 3 kids and I are windsurfing on the sofa after 30 minutes to leave our council house