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Young mum facing homelessness after giving up flat to care for dying nan in Canonbury

PUBLISHED: 10:27 13 November 2017

Danni Morris and three-week-old son Khairi have been told they have to leave the house. Picture: Polly Hancock

Danni Morris and three-week-old son Khairi have been told they have to leave the house. Picture: Polly Hancock

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A young mum who gave up her council flat while heavily pregnant to care for her cancer-stricken grandmother is now facing homelessness.

Danni Morris and three-week-old son Khairi at the Downham Road house. Picture: Polly Hancock Danni Morris and three-week-old son Khairi at the Downham Road house. Picture: Polly Hancock

Danni Morris, 23, moved back to her family home in Downham Road in August. But her grandmother – who brought her up – died on September 3, 24 hours before Danni was due to complete the move out of her home in Clerkenwell.

After the funeral, Danni applied to succeed the tenancy but because she hadn’t lived there for a year, it was rejected and she was served notice to leave.

The town hall says staff advised Danni when she handed in her keys that she may not be able to succeed her grandmother’s tenancy, but she denies this. Her old flat has also now been let to someone else.

Facing homeless with her three-year-old son Kaiden and newborn baby, Danni wrote to Partners for Improvement, which manages some of Islington’s housing stock, believing bosses would change their mind once they knew her situation. She was wrong.

Despite the fact she had just given up a two-bedroom flat to look after her dying grandmother in the home she grew up in, she got a response telling her to “make arrangements to hand back the keys by October 22”.

Danni, whose son Khairi was in intensive care for a week after being born last month, is still at her grandmother’s home.

“It’s so stressful words can’t describe it,” she told the Gazette. “Especially having a newborn. I’ve given up a two-bedroom house to come and live with my nan and still can’t get the house. It’s crazy.

“It doesn’t make sense. In the long run they’re going to have to give me a home anyway. It’s like they have no common decency and they are just going by procedures and not actually thinking for themselves.”

Danni, who is on maternity leave from Barclays, also wrote to Emily Thornberry asking for help. The Islington South and Finsbury MP wrote to the town hall asking for Danni to be given a discretionary tenancy allowing her to stay but it proved unsuccessful.

A council spokesman said: “Our sincere condolences go to Ms Morris and her family for their loss. We’re talking to Ms Morris about how we can help. We’re providing temporary accommodation, and will support her so she can bid for a new council home.”

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  • What she needs to do then is refuse to move out of her nan's property and allow Partners for Improvement to follow their procedures in trying to obtain possession of the property through the county court. Under family and matrimonial act she is linked to the property due to her blood relations and link to her grandmother and she does have a defense. It would be down to the judge to apply a discretion in allowing her to keep the tenancy her grandmother lived in, considering her other property where she was the sole tenant has been terminated and offered to someone else. Allow it to go to court and fight, you never know what the outcome could be. If you lose the case, at least you know they still have an obligation to re-house you in either way.

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