My dad died of a cardiac arrest at our wedding – now our family-of-four are being kicked out by our housing association | The Sun

A GRIEVING couple face eviction from their Newcastle home after their dad died, following a heart attack suffered on their wedding day.

Newlyweds Shaun, 54, and Rachelle, 44, Milward tragically lost Shaun's father Alan two days after they tied the knot.

Alan suffered a cardiac arrest at the couple's wedding reception in June and died in hospital shortly after, aged 84.

Things have gone from bad to worse for the couple as Aspire Housing say they have leave their home.

The housing association insist that there is a problem with "overcrowding" in their house.

They also say that Alan is the named tenant for the two-bed house, which has already been inherited once and so cannot be passed on again.

Housing association tenants have to be given notice of any eviction and can negotiate an agreement about moving out.

If no agreement is reached then the association can apply for a court possession order to force residents out.

If tenants do not comply they can be evicted by bailiffs.

Shaun and Rachelle moved in to the property with Alan to care for him, as he had a long-term lung condition.

The new bride sold her home in 2018 to make the move.

She called the situation "grossly unfair", telling StokeonTrentLive: "Since my father-in-law died my children are now occupying a bedroom each and we choose to sleep downstairs.

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"We are happy to live the rest of our lives having a bedroom downstairs rather than having Aspire intervene because we are classed as overcrowded. Rather than upsetting families that don’t want to move, why can’t they just leave them be?

"Alan lived in the house for 60 years with his wife so you can imagine the memories and the comfort we all get out of being here. If we are made to move, those memories will be ripped from us.

Rachelle talked about the couple's relationship with Alan, detailing how he looked after their children well and they all went on frequent day trips as a family.

She went on to discuss the impact the ordeal was having on her mental health, saying: "We don’t know what the future holds and are living day by day. We are not in a position to start again because we spent so much money on this house and making it more modern.

"I’m disappointed and frustrated. I begged and pleaded for them not to move us and I am not going down without a fight. My children have adapted here and are settled. If we wanted to move we’d be filling forms in but we don’t."

Jon Dickin, head of neighbourhoods for Aspire said: "We have been supporting Mrs Millward and her family to review their housing situation following the sad passing of her father-in-law, who was the named tenant for the property.

"Whilst the family has expressed their desire to stay in the property, there can legally only be one succession of a tenancy, which has already occurred in this situation, so the family is unfortunately unable to remain.

He also explained that the housing association had judged that the house was overcrowded, with the two parents sleeping downstairs.

Mr Dickin went on to say that Aspire appreciated the difficult situation the family were in and would continue providing advice and support.

The Sun recently reported the similar case of Brogan Webb, 23, who faced eviction three weeks after her mum died of cancer.

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Brogan and her sister Taylor faced homelessness in Glasgow as a result.

This was followed in April, when Jennifer Rodden, 20, lost her mum to Covid-19 and was kicked out of her home in Lancashire shortly after.

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