A homeless mother of six was sleeping with her five children in a small room for two weeks, after which 000 1,000,000 was spent on rent arrears.
Natalie Black, 32, and her children are now being held in temporary accommodation after Manchester Evening News contacted officials about her plight, but they could still face another eviction.
Natalie was evicted from her home in Buckley View, Rochdale, on June 16 after paying off a heavy debt.
She and her five children were kept by a neighbor for two weeks, during which time they slept in a small room. Her eldest child, 16, has been living with a friend.
On Wednesday, June 30, he was housed in a three-bedroom flat at another address in Oldham by Rochdale Bowrow Housing (RBH), which runs the city’s social housing services.
But Natalie says she has been told she will be evicted in 56 days if she does not clear her current rent arrears.
“They told me I would come back if I couldn’t clear the balance,” Natalie said. “The loan goes back to 2017 when my residential benefit agreement was signed.
“In my current situation, there is no way to pay the arrears. I have been told that if I cannot clear it, I will have to rent a house.”
“But private renting is practically impossible. Very little is available and rents are very expensive. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Natalie says her former partner Muhammad Mukhtar, 47, a father of two, has offered to pay 500 500 a month in arrears, but says it has been turned down.
A spokeswoman for Rochdale Boulevard Housing said: “While we cannot share information about individual residents, our team provides appropriate and dedicated support for any tenants who are struggling to pay rent.
“Legal action is a last resort. As long as tenants are involved with us, we can provide a wide range of support, including expert advice.
“We also work closely with Rochdale Council colleagues who have complex needs for residents who need broader support.”
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