Expectant mum told to leave hostel

PUBLISHED: 19:01 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 06 May 2010

ONLY days before she is due to give birth, a young mother-to-be has been given three weeks notice to quit temporary emergency accommodation. Kristyanne Martin, aged 23, and her partner Lenny Davaes, 25, already have a 20-month-old daughter Mary-Louise and

ONLY days before she is due to give birth, a young mother-to-be has been given three weeks notice to quit temporary emergency accommodation.

Kristyanne Martin, aged 23, and her partner Lenny Davaes, 25, already have a 20-month-old daughter Mary-Louise and were moved into Ridgeview hostel for the homeless in London Colney just over a week ago.

But now St Albans District Council's housing department has told them they must find alternative accommodation by March 9 as they have made themselves "intentionally homeless".

Kristyanne has to be induced in a couple of days due to health problems so will be unable to contact private landlords. She said: "We have no money for a deposit anyway and Lenny has trouble with reading and writing and has speech problems so I can't leave him to do it.

"Also he has no job and struggles to find work because of his learning difficulties."

Before moving to Ridgeview the couple had rented a property in St Albans which, they say, was damp and mouldy.

Kristyanne said they had to leave there because it was affecting their daughter's health. She said they gave notice to quit and were taken in temporarily by Lenny's sister in Wheathampstead for a couple of months. But there was not enough room for two families to live there and the council moved the couple into Ridgeview.

A district council spokesperson said that they would consider extending the family's stay at Ridgeview and there was a possibility the family could be found accommodation elsewhere in the county.

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