As the recession bites in England and thousands of people all over the country are unemployed and trying to make ends meet, A Palestinian Family of refugees branded “a family from hell” were given a taxpayer funded £1.25 Million Fulham home. Yesterday it emerged that they face eviction from the three-bedroom property in Fulham, West London, for their ‘appalling behaviour’.
- Manal Mahmoud moved into the Fulham address following a £76,000 refit
- ‘I deserve to live in a nice house and get benefits,’ she said.
- Council says the family’s behaviour has been ‘appalling’ and it must improve
- Claims doors are missing, wallpaper has been ripped off, driveway tiles have been smashed and furniture has been left strewn in the garden
- Mrs Mahmoud insists she has ‘right to live in a nice house and claim benefits’
A family of jobless refugees who allegedly wrecked a £1.25million house paid for by the taxpayer claim they are ‘entitled’ to live there.
Manal Mahmoud and her seven children moved into the Victorian end-of-terrace home after it was given a £76,000 facelift.
But yesterday the Palestinian immigrants were branded the ‘family from hell’ by nearby residents as it emerged that they face eviction from the three-bedroom property in Fulham, West London, for their ‘appalling behaviour’.
It follows complaints to police about anti-social behaviour at the property, where the driveway has been smashed up, doors are hanging off and rubbish and furniture have been dumped in the garden.
Although the family claim they do not have the money to maintain the house, they drive a Mercedes and the house is fitted with expensive electronic goods including a widescreen plasma television and a laptop computer.
Yesterday Mrs Mahmoud, who came to Britain in 2000 with her husband before they split up, said she was living with six of her children aged between five and 17.
Her 19-year-old son Ossama is in prison for drug dealing.
She added: ‘I am entitled to live in a house like this, even if I don’t pay for it and get benefits.
‘It is fair that the Government houses us.
‘I know I have a son who makes trouble but that doesn’t mean all my children are the same.
‘Neighbours are complaining because the landlord rented the house to council tenants – they don’t want a foreigner to live in this street.’
Mrs Mahmoud, who gained British citizenship in 2005, admitted that the inside of the house had not been taken care of.
Taxpayers partially footed the bill for a new kitchen and roof along with decoration costs before the family moved in three years ago.
‘I know the house doesn’t look its best,’ she said.
‘I don’t try to maintain and repair the house, I don’t fix the tiles or paint the walls.
‘I haven’t got enough money – I only have my benefits. I don’t care if people think I am not grateful.’
Now she could face eviction after the landlord of the three-bedroom property, Sue Cummings, apparently found the home had been ‘trashed’.
Ms Cummings, who agreed to let council tenants live in her home in the leafy street close to the River Thames, apparently found doors missing or hanging off and walls written on.
The driveway had also been smashed up, wallpaper was off and carpet worn through, the Sun said.
Outside, the lawn was overgrown, furniture left in the front garden and rubbish and motorbike parts strewn around.
Yesterday neighbours described the Mahmouds as ‘the family from hell’. One said: ‘The place looks an absolute mess. The furniture has been out in the garden for months.’
A view of the leafy road in upmarket Fulham where the family live. Neighbours say the family are the ‘family from hell’ while the council has said their behaviour is ‘appalling’ and they could be evicted
When MailOnline called her address the family insisted they did not have any comment to make.
Meanwhile, Ms Cummings said she was too upset to talk about the damage to her home, which only had a new kitchen and roof put in in 2009.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council said it may fight to evict the family at a court hearing on Thursday.
Deputy council leader Greg Smith said: ‘We have warned this family that they face eviction if their appalling behaviour does not improve.
‘There is a court hearing fixed for Thursday and we are working hard to resolve this matter.’
It’s not the first time plush homes lived in by benefit claimants have come under the spotlight.
In 2010 it emerged that a family of Somalian asylum seekers, including Abdi Nur, right, received a home worth £1.2m in Kensington, London, left, after saying their previous home had been in a ‘poor’ part of the city
In February it emerged that at least 100 families receiving housing benefit were living in luxury homes on handouts that could fund £1m mortgages.
More than 30 of those families were being given £1,500 a week to live ‘swanky’ lifestyles – more than three times the national average wage.
Of the 100 families, 60 have their rent paid by the state to the value of £5,000 a month, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
In 2010 it emerged that a family of Somalian asylum seekers were getting £1.2m a year to live in Kensington, west London – a short walk from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home in Kensington Palace.
Abdi Nur, 42, an unemployed bus conductor, his wife Sayruq, 40, and their seven children moved to the three-storey home in the fashionable area of the capital after complaining that their previous home had been in a ‘poor’ part of the city.
In another case last year, a Somalian family moved from a house in Coventry to a £2m property in West Hampstead, north London.
Saeed Khaliiff was given £2,000 a week for the home despite having no links to the area, which has been home to George Michael, Sienna Miller, Jude Law and Helena Bonham Carter.
Meanwhile, Afghan mother of seven Toorpakai Saindi was handed £12,000 in housing benefit a month to be able to live in a £1.2million mansion in Acton, west London as there weren’t enough council houses big enough.
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