A couple and their four children have been made homeless by a council after getting behind on their rent but finding the cash for weekly takeaways.
Daniel Eyers and his eight-months pregnant partner Lucrezia Worrell have been forced out of temporary accommodation by council bosses.
When Medway Council investigated why the couple had fallen behind on the rent for their flat, they discovered the pair forked out up to £40 on takeaways every week.
Daniel, 32, says he cannot work because he needs to take his children, aged five, four and two-year-old twins, to school, and Lucrezia, 27, is set to give birth any day.
But the jobless dad, who said Indian and Chinese takeaways were his favourite, hit back and, while admitting being late paying the rent, said he “always pays the money that’s owed”.
He said: “We like to treat the children once a week to a takeaway. They don’t usually get much, so it’s a nice treat.
“It was my son’s birthday the other month and we spent £45 but were told by the council we were spending money on non-essentials rather than paying rent.”
Medway Council officials asked them to provide their bank statements after they failed to keep up with the rent.
Officers declared they had made themselves “intentionally homeless” after the receipts revealed they paid for takeaway orders instead of the rent.
They had left a property in Chatham, Kent, in April after receiving a section 21 notice, meaning their landlord wanted to end the tenancy, in June 2018.
They were then in emergency accommodation in Gillingham, Kent, but were recently told by the council their case for housing in Medway was being reviewed.
Daniel and his partner had to send over their bank statements where the takeaway app payments were uncovered, and have since been asked to leave the temporary council accommodation.
He said he’s been offered a house in Tyne and Wear,by the early help team, but wants to stay in Medway.
He said: “I’ve been a Medway resident my whole life.
“It was hard enough being moved from Chatham to Gillingham as my children go to school in Chatham.
“I couldn’t get a job as it meant my children would miss out on school, as I have to drive them there everyday.”
Mark Breathwick, head of strategic housing at Medway Council, said support was provided to Daniel before he was evicted and the council has continued to help him since.
He added: “Emergency accommodation is provided to people where appropriate.”
Bailiffs turned up at the house on Monday while Daniel and Lucrezia were on the school run.
The family is currently staying at Daniel’s mother’s home and have no idea where to go next.