Family-of-14 homeless and living in hotel for 8 weeks after landlord sells home

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A family of 14 have described their frustration after spending two months in a hotel following their landlord selling their house.

The Donoghue family have occupied almost an entire floor of the hotel while they wait for a new place to live.

They claim they were made homeless from their previous house after their landlord sold the home and they were unable to stay at the property.

This led to the Housing Executive putting them up in a hotel while they tried to find them a new home, which took eight weeks, writes BelfastLive.

Mum of 12, Tessa, said her family have been "left with nothing" after the eviction.

They were unable to find anywhere to store their belongings and had to leave them behind.

The family say they have been forced to live off takeaways and unable to cook or store food in the hotel due to health and safety reasons.

Tessa is expecting her 13th child in February, and has been told the baby may need heart surgery when born.

Tessa said: "The past eight weeks have been hell for us living in this hotel. Because we were unable to find a storage unit for our possessions, we have had to leave everything behind and now we have nothing.

"No furniture, fridge, freezer, beds or anything.

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"While the hotel have been amazing to us, giving us our own rooms and nearly an entire floor to ourselves, the children are scared to be alone in the rooms by themselves and come into our room to sleep with their sleeping bags.

"We can't do any of our own cooking, as we don't have a fridge to store fresh food or even anything to cook it with, so we have had to survive off takeaways, which has made this entire ordeal very expensive. Not to mention the fact we have to pay to park our cars outside the hotel everyday.

"It has really taken its toll on us and now in the run up to Christmas we have no idea how we can make it special for our children, because any money we would have had for presents and things is gone trying to get by these eight weeks.

"All we want to do is get settled, and with my pregnancy and the condition of my child, all of this stress cannot be doing my me or my baby any good."

The Housing Executive managed to find accommodation for the family on Tuesday bringing them some relief over the festive period.

A spokesperson for the Housing Executive told the paper: "We can confirm we have sourced a suitable, property for this family and they have accepted our offer of accommodation."

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