Kidney Transplant Boy Forced To Live In Caravan After Sitting Tenant Takes Family Home

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Tenant refuses to leave transplant boy's family home - leaving him living in caravan park

A family says the tenant they rented their house to while they moved to London for their son's kidney transplant is refusing to move out – so they are having to live in a caravan.

Nine-year-old Luis Goncalves was given a kidney by his father Ed, 45, last year, and underwent life-saving surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

For the duration of his hospital stay, his family - dad Ed, mum Siobhan, and twin brother Joe - rented out their £150,000 home in Gosport, Hampshire, while they stayed in London.

Now their tenant, mum-of-three Dawn Clark, 33, is a reported £2,919 behind on her rent and is refusing to vacate the property - leaving the Goncalves family living on a caravan park in Selsey.

Surgeons are concerned about Luis's accommodation as he suffered a transplant rejection after his gruelling operation and has been very ill.

The boy's father told the Daily Mail that Luis is 'shocked' and 'angry and upset' about the situation – and that his twin, Joe, is so worried about him that he penned an impassioned plea to Dawn Clark to move out.

He wrote: 'Please let Luis go home. He has spent a long time in the hospital. It's no fun having lots of needles. I've been worried about Dad and that he might get hurt. I want us to play with our friends. I want us to play in our garden with our guinea pig. It's our house, it's where we belong.'

The tenant and her partner paid a deposit and two weeks rent upfront when they started renting the property for £800 a month last November. Mr Goncalves alleges this is the only money he has ever received from them.

Mr Goncalves, who is a communications director at an environmental charity, went to court last month in a bid to remove Ms Clark from his home, and won a possession order, but she still will not budge.

Ms Clark's partner, Mr Yates, says he is the father of her children, but no longer lives at the address – despite being named on the tenancy agreement and having liability for the outstanding rent.

"It's an all-round bad situation for everybody. We're doing what we can," Mr Yates told the paper. "Obviously I want the family to get housed as well but financially it's just not easy."

Ms Clark refused to comment on the rent arrears or her refusal to move out.

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