Lodging house tenants given a reprieve after Housing steps in
Friday 2nd November 2012, 1:00PM GMT.
REMAINING St Martin’s Residential tenants have been given a temporary reprieve after Housing convinced manager Malcolm Davies to leave on water and electric supplies.
Concerned for the residents’ welfare, the department said it advised Mr Davies to keep the essentials switched on, as he would ‘likely to be acting unlawfully’ if he shut them down.
The lodging house closed its doors yesterday but Simon and Tracey Carter had refused to leave with their two sons because they were unable to find anywhere else that they could afford.
However, speaking yesterday after a story about the family’s struggle appeared on the front page of the Guernsey Press, Miss Carter said they had now secured a flat.
It was one they had previously viewed but could not afford the £1,050 deposit.
‘The landlord called us up and said he would lend us the deposit if my partner could do a bit of gardening and decorating work for him in return,’ Miss Carter said.