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Why are you evicting our family after 18 years in same home? MOTHER VOWS TO BATTLE COUNCIL 'ALL THE WAY' OVER HOUSE ROW.

Byline: DAVID POWELL

A FAMILY faces eviction from their council home of 18 years - because their dad has left.

Mark Thomas moved out in 2009, leaving his wife Joanne and their three daughters in the family home in Llangoed.

Now he's told Anglesey council he wants his name off the joint tenancy for the house, which was specially adapted for his mobility needs.

The authority has written to Mrs Thomas, saying she and the girls must move out of the house by January 15.

Bar worker Mrs Thomas, 41, has lived in the semi-detached council house in Tawel Fan, Llangoed, since 1993, with daughters Ceri, 19, Lauren, 16, and six-year-old Jade.

Mrs Thomas said: "We got a letter from the council before Christmas to say (estranged husband) Mark had pulled his name off the tenancy agreement and so our tenancy is invalid and we have to move out.

"It's a joint tenancy and because he wants his own new place the council says he can't have his name on two tenancies.

"When I told the girls, Lauren was screaming 'Why should we move?' "Why should the girls have to suffer? It's unbelievable the way they are treating us.

"I am going to fight to keep this home I have lived in for 18 years.

"We may get re-housed but it mightn't be local."

Her estranged husband Mark, 44, has limited mobility so the council built an extension for a downstairs bathroom.

But Mrs Thomas said: "If I'd known when they built the extension that I would have to move out I wouldn't have had it put in."

Anglesey County Council defended its decision.

A spokesperson said: "Where a joint tenancy exists and notice to quit is issued by one party, the tenancy in its entirety comes to an end.

"In the event that it is not possible to award a tenancy to the remaining tenant, every effort is made to accommodate the remaining members of the household in alternative accommodation, which is more appropriate to their housing needs."

He added: "Although the county council is not able to comment on the specifics of individual cases, our officers have on more than one occasion fully appraised Ms Thomas of the possible outcomes."

davidpowell@dailypost.co.uk

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