A mum who lives in homeless accommodation was devastated when she discovered her dream house “stank of urine and was a mess”.
Georgia Garside, 20, said she would not let an animal – let alone her two babies – live in the home she was due to move into in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
When she went to move into the property, she claims she found mud throughout the home and smelt urine, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The mum had been living in temporary accommodation for months before she found the property, with Manchester Council willing to pay the deposit and first month’s rent.
Everything seemed to be going as planned, as the landlord was happy to take housing benefits and had agreed to carry out some building work to bring the property up to living standards.
But when Georgia went to move in last month, she claims she was shocked to find the house was a tip.
She said: “Back in January I applied for the house and it was accepted but the estate agent said it was going to take some time to get it together.
“An estate agent sent me a video going round the house before I moved in and it all looked normal.
“There was a bit of work that needed to be done but I assumed the landlord would sort that.”
The mum-of-two said she was delighted when she received the call to say the house was ready, after several delays meant her move-in date kept being pushed back.
“I got there and it was dreadful – it was dirty and there was mud everywhere,” she said.
“The floorboards weren’t level and the skirting boards had gaps so wide that my daughter would be able to fit her fingers through there.
“My bedroom has a huge dent in the floor and there is a big crack in the wall.
“It is just a mess.”
Georgia says she was told all the rubbish from the property would be removed, but claims it had all been dumped in the back garden.
“The decking in the gardens has gaps so big my daughter would fall through it,” she said.
“The floor boards inside the house are so thin and the whole property smells of urine. The house is just terrible.
“I wouldn’t let an animal live in it let alone someone with young children.”
Georgia claims an inspection was carried out by Manchester Council before she moved in, who deemed it safe for her, her partner and two children.
“The council pays for the deposit and first month’s rent and they inspect the property first to make sure it is ok,” she said.
“I have two children aged 22 months and three months. My youngest was premature and has problems with his chest.”
Georgia says she was told by Manchester Council to carry on looking for a new property after she raised the complaints.
A spokesperson from the council confirmed they are supporting Georgia in the search for a suitable house.
“It is really heartbreaking,” she said.
“I do keep looking but it is so hard to find somewhere that accepts housing benefits and I really thought I had hit the jackpot with this one.
“It was a two bedroom house and had a garden. It has really devastated us.”
The family are currently living in homeless accommodation in Fallowfield, and Georgia says they are desperate to get out.
“Of course I appreciate having a roof over my head but some of the people you get living there and in the area – it’s not very family friendly,” she added.
“I don’t want this to happen to other young mums like this.
“I waited four months for this house and it is just devastating.”
A spokesperson for Manchester Council said: “The Council has been supporting Georgia to move out of her current temporary accommodation into a suitable private sector tenancy through a scheme whereby the Council pays the deposit and first month’s rent on behalf of a residents.
“Georgia located a private sector home and was advised that the Council would support her to move into the property if she found it suitable.
“At no point was she told that she had to move into the property and she chose to pass on the home following a viewing.
“The Council will continue to support Georgia and the search continues on her behalf to find another suitable home.
“Georgia has also been advised that if she finds a home in the meantime, the Council will support her to secure it.”