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Story of jobless family of 10 turned down a five-bedroom home because it was not big enough

Ksenia Novikova
Dec 28, 2018
06:52 A.M.

Arnold and Jeanne Sube, who immigrated from Paris in 2012 with their eight children, rejected a five-bedroom home because they insisted the house was not large enough.

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Originally from Cameroon in West Africa, this migrant family was living off of taxpayer funds, as reported by Opposing Views.

When they immigrated from Paris six years ago, they were offered to live in a three-bedroom home that cost the country almost $20,000 annually.

However, when they were offered a home with two more bedrooms, Arnold and Jeanne declared the house was not big enough for their family.

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“People have to realize we are in the middle of a national housing crisis," Opposing Views quoted Councilor Tom Shaw as saying.

"We have more than 10,000 people on the waiting list and 1,000 in temporary accommodation. This family are living in a large three-bed house. We managed to find them a large four-bed house and then a five-bed, which they turned down."

Councilor Shaw added: “We can’t be any more sympathetic. We can’t just magic the property people want out of thin air”

Source: Freepik

Source: Freepik

Michael Garrett, the Conservative leader on the council in England, said: “There are not many five-bedroom council houses in Luton and they were lucky to be offered one. I haven’t a lot of sympathy for them.”

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Arnold, who studied mental health nursing at the University of Bedfordshire, explained that they rejected the five-bedroom house because there “wasn’t space for the things of 10 people.”

He said: “Me and my family have been neglected. We are in a three-bedroom house. It’s so cramped and the conditions are terrible."

"The council is trying to make things hard for us. My wife is a full-time mother and I am a student. They’re just making excuses. We need a five or six-bedroom house with double rooms to comfortably fit in."

Arnold added: "We have developed depression, anxiety, which we were on medication for. The area is the worst I have lived in. This is the worst house.”

A Luton Borough Council spokesman explained that they succeeded to find the couple affordable housing large enough to house them and their children.

"If declined without, what we judge, good reason, then we will offer the property to another family," the spokesman added.

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