Jobless couple with 8 children turned down five-bedroom home because it was not big enough
Arnold Mballe Sube, who immigrated from Paris in 2012 with his family, rejected a five-bedroom home because they insisted the house was not large enough.
Originally from Cameroon in West Africa, this migrant family was living off of taxpayer funds.
As reported by The Sun, when the NHS granted to fund a £27,000 degree for Arnold, he came to Britain with his wife Jeanne and their seven children. The family was expanded by the arrival of a new baby.
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When they were offered a home with two more bedrooms, Arnold declared the house was not big enough for their family. He even called it "the worst place they have ever lived."
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”
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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.”
Arnold and Jeanne both have smartphones, a laptop, with a 60in flat screen TV and Sky HD box in their front room, plus a 52in telly in their bedroom. Their children also have a TV and an Xbox with dozens of games.
Since the family's arrival, they have received annual hand-outs estimated at £44,000.
The responsible for housing at Luton Borough Council, Councilor Tom Shaw, said: “We have managed to find them a large four-bed house and then a five-bed which they turned down."
"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."
Councilor Shaw added: “We can’t be any more sympathetic. We can’t just magic the property people want out of thin air."
A spokesperson for the council said: “Housing stock in Luton is under constant pressure."
“Despite difficulties we managed to find Mr and Mrs Sube affordable housing that is large enough to house them and their eight children."
“After a generous offer on our part, we have done our bit and if housing is offered and declined without, what we judge, good reason, then we will offer the property to another family.”
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.”
The neighbors were outraged by Arnold's demands.
One neighbor told The Sun: “They’ve got some cheek. I’d bite the council’s hand off if they offered me a five-bed house. They’re too fussy and they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.”
“I think it’s a disgrace. There are people out on the streets in the city (center) and ex- soldiers with nowhere to live. It is a struggle but don’t go on and moan about it,” said another.
The family also suffered harsh criticisms from the Internet users.
Facebook user Nancy Knaus wrote: "When I came here I worked for every thing I got. I had pride and was glad I did it on my own. Stop complaining as it is the taxpayers money you get. You left your country for a better life. Step up to the plate and provide for your family!!"
"You should be grateful for a five bedroom put three kids in each room be grateful people I don’t even have that," commented Theresa Gaeta Salas.