A family in Worcestershire, UK, have been warned that they face eviction – if they can’t stop their two-year-old daughter from crying.
Nicola Baylis, 23, and Tim Richold, 34, moved into their first-floor flat in December 2010, with their daughter Skye. They have now been issues with a notice seeking repossession of the house, due to a large number of complaints about Skye’s cries.
“I can’t believe we are going to be made homeless because of a toddler. Skye does have a loud cry, but her laugh is even louder. She’s just being a toddler and has no idea how loud she is being.” Mum Nicola told the Daily Mail, although she did seem to have some sympathy for the complainants.
“On the one hand I can understand what the neighbours are saying but they don’t have to live with her 24 hours a day. Skye loves singing and laughing and chatting but sometimes I have to put my hands over my ears because she’s so loud.”
Just one week after moving in, housing chiefs contacted the family and asked them to be more considerate of their neighbours. They have since signed an Acceptable Behaviour Contract in which they promised to control their daughter, and gave up their dog who was reported to be barking frequently.
Nicola was also told that she needed to ensure she was properly dressed, after neighbours complained about seeing her in just underwear.
Nexus Housing confirmed that they were looking to evict the family due to “noise and other nuisance behaviour” but claimed that they had given the family plenty of chances to sort out their behaviour.
The family will attend court on February 21st to hear if a judge deems the reasons suitable to evict the family, and find out what happens next.
For Nicola, the drama has impacted heavily on family life.
“I always thought I got on famously with all my neighbours, but now I’m too afraid to put the kettle on incase it upsets someone. Whenever a friend comes over with their kids to play with Skye, I’m constantly telling them to ‘Shush’ incase someone reports me for antisocial behaviour. The walls of the flat are too thin and I can hear everything going on in other people’s homes too.”
“I’ve always accepted that living in a flat is going to mean you hear your neighbours from time to time.”