The “nightmare” of a family of five sleeping on the hotel floor with children bitten by bed bugs

A homeless family of five from Birmingham have been left crammed into a hotel room with nails sticking out of the beds and towels used as curtains

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A homeless mother reveals the condition of a cramped city hotel room

A homeless family of five has been crammed into a hotel room where children are being bitten by bed bugs and nails are sticking out of the beds.

They say they were left to sleep on the makeshift floor accomodation in Birmingham after being flown out of their privately rented home at short notice.

Sarah and Mohammed, who have three young children, have been forced to hang towels on windows as makeshift curtains, wash dirty dishes in the bath and use pillows as a mattress for their toddler.

In footage captured in the room, two beds can be seen crammed into the room with exposed broken slats and a mattress on the floor.

Mum Sarah claims other families have been living at the hotel for four months and she has been unable to get any information from Birmingham City Council. BirminghamLive reports.

The struggling family of five sleeps on the floor of a cramped Birmingham hotel room amid the cost of living crisis

A dirty mattress crammed into the hotel room

The shocking condition of their ‘nightmarish’ temporary accommodation has been revealed amid the livelihood crisis.

The couple, whose children are one, seven and 12, were left homeless when the landlord moved into their privately rented home Hodge Hill told them he needed the property back.

They were already “left with nothing” on paying the £800 a month rent, although £650 had fallen Birmingham City Council.

They say rents have risen to around £900 and their only option is to live in temporary accommodation.

The family moved to the Birmingham Hotel, in sparkbrook, from the city council last week.

The agency has since apologized for the “hardship” and promised to look into other options for accommodating the family.

Sarah said: “It’s totally wrong. I can’t even breathe here. Since last week I have been homeless with my three children and a partner.

“Last week we had our landlord come to the privately rented house as the two month notice period had expired, he asked us for the keys.

“The council took us to a hotel. The first day we came here the bed was broken, there were no curtains and no lights in the room. There was only one double bed for the five of us.”

The couple then had to send their children along wallall, where extended family lives to stay for the night whilst arrangements are made.

The room was “pitch black” when the couple returned, and the large bathroom light remained broken.

A cot and a bunk bed were crammed into the room.

But the mother, who says there was no mattress in the crib, opted to put three pillows for her youngest child.

The couple’s children are sent to school itchy after bed bugs bit them in their sleep

She says her children go to school itchy because of the bed bug bites and the double bed “has fallen apart and nails are hanging from it”.

Her children have trouble sleeping as they are all in one room now while their one year old wakes up often at night.

So they couldn’t go to school.

Even without cooking facilities, the family survived on sandwiches, cereal, pasta, and meals from the microwave and toaster they brought from their previous home.

The family have received meal vouchers from the school but fear they will have to sacrifice some meals halfway through the semester so the children can eat.

The mother claims neighbors who also live in temporary accommodation have been at the hotel for four months awaiting the move.

She said: “I tried calling the council. Every time I call 911 they say, ‘Someone will call you back,’ but they never do.”

The mother even spent a full day at the council’s options center in Newtown, but claims she had no luck there either.

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After being contacted by BirminghamLive, a spokesman for the agency said they swapped out the bed and visited a pest controller.

A statement said: “We apologize for the distress inflicted on this family.

“We swapped out the bed and a pest controller did an inspection of the room.

“The space has been treated and we will continue to monitor it to ensure standards are maintained.

“We are working with the tenant to address the other issues in the article and to explore options for accommodating her family.”

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