A frightened family say they are sleeping in a house with a collapsed roof because they cannot afford to leave their tenancy agreement.
Last week, the Chron reported how Gheorge Paveluc’s family had to run out of their rented home in Brook Street when bricks and tiles began to topple down. The entire roof of the terraced building in Semilong had collapsed inwards, making a sound ‘like an earthquake’, they said.
But 10 days after the unexplained incident, in perfectly fine weather conditions, the family are still living there.
They claim they cannot afford to put the deposit down on a new property until they can negotiate leaving their current contract with landlords, Self Funding, of Bedford.
Mr Paveluc, 37, said: “We have two months left on our contract but we just want to leave now. We have contacted them and they say ‘it’s not our problem’ but when we got this place we didn’t know the roof would collapse.”
The landlords had offered Mr Paveluc’s family an alternative home in Wellingborough, but he said they could not accept it as it would be too far for his wife, Vasilica, to get to work in Kingsthorpe and his daughter Andra, 16, to travel to college every day. They also cannot afford to stay in a bed and breakfast.
Self Funding would not comment on the matter when contacted by the Chron.
Mr Paveluc said he was taking his fight to the Property Ombudsman, but for now, daughter Andra is dreading another night in the house.
“When we hear a sound we think it’s going to fall again,” she said. “We can’t really sleep at night because we hear so many sounds.
“It’s really scary.”
On Monday morning, Mr Paveluc’s nephew, Ionut, who lives with the family, woke up when water dripped through the open roof.
The sky can also be seen through one of the holes in the ceiling of the landing and scaffolding currently surrounds the property while roofing contractors work to fix it.
It is not known how long repairs will take and the family, who moved from Romania four years ago, said their only option would be to stay with friends in separate homes.
But Mrs Paveluc said: “That is not the life I want.
“We pay the rent, the bills, everything on time, we just want to be able to get our deposit and leave.”