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I was evicted from my home after paying rent for seven YEARS – my kids had to leave school & I lost my job | The Sun

A MUM-of four has told how she was evicted from her home after paying rent for seven years.

Anyolina Diaz De Los Santos and her family had their lives turned upside down when they were forced to move from Orpington, south-east London, in November last year.

Bromley Council offered the family temporary accommodation in Dartford, Kent – but just five months later they were kicked out again when the landlord requested it back from the local authority.

The family then had to move her family even further afield – to temporary accommodation in Ashford, reports The i.

And Anyolina was forced to pull her kids out of school because the three-hour round train journey would cost £45.

It meant her eldest missed his Year 9 exam – while her younger twins had to wait three months before being able to enroll for a local school.

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She explained: “[My eldest son] has been in the same school for so long. 

“It has been very sad to see how he tries hard not to let this situation affect his life but he already refuses to make friends.”

To make matters worse, Anyolina was forced to give up her job as a cleaner in London.

And the family is feeling cut-off after being separated from their community.

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She added: “Living in private rent, we never thought that the economy would impact our lives in such a way that we had to depend on the help offered by the city council, something that we are not looking for as a family. We want to live in peace and give the best to our children.

“Although I am grateful to be under a roof, I do not deny seeing myself with so many debts and expenses, my head wants to explode. 

“My husband does not speak much, but when I see his face… I notice sadness and helplessness.”

A spokeswoman for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities said: “We recognise people are facing pressures in the private rented sector, which is why we introduced the Renters (Reform) Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, and which will deliver a fairer deal for renters and landlords.”

The Sun Online has contacted Bromley Council for comment.

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