Gosport family move into caravan as tenant defies court order

L-R Joe Goncalves 9, Ed Goncalves 45 who donated a kidney to son Luis Goncalves 9 and mother Siobhan Goncalves. Joe and Luis are twins.''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131383-4)
L-R Joe Goncalves 9, Ed Goncalves 45 who donated a kidney to son Luis Goncalves 9 and mother Siobhan Goncalves. Joe and Luis are twins.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131383-4)

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THE caring brother of a kidney transplant patient has penned a desperate letter to tenants who are refusing to leave his family’s home.

The family of Luis Goncalves, nine, who suffers from kidney failure and received a kidney from donor dad Ed, 45, are having to live in a caravan after tenants refused to leave their home when ordered to.

Luis, Ed, mum Siobhan and twin brother Joe are in the mobile home while a court bid is launched to evict Dawn Clark, 33, who has racked up thousands in housing arrears.

She was meant to be out of the Goncalves family home in Broadsands Drive, Gosport, where she lives with her three children, by June 4.

The home was let out while Luis was in Great Ormond Street hospital.

Mr Goncalves said the two brothers are ‘devastated’ after being unable to return home after Luis and Ed were discharged. And Joe has now written a passionate letter to the tenants in his home, as printed below.

‘Luis is shocked and really quite angry, he’s upset, and his brother Joe, is a very sensitive soul, he’s a very caring boy,’ said Mr Goncalves.

‘Joe’s tried very hard to look after me after my operation, he was helping me carry things and open doors.

‘The last year has been a nightmare for him, watching what his brother has been through.

‘The whole thing about finally being able to nail this and going home has been as big for him as it has his brother.’

He added doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital are concerned Luis, who is suffering from some kidney rejection after the operation is not back home yet.

In January an order was issued against Ms Clark and Michael Yates.

Ed then took the matter to court and won a possession order on May 21.

It names Mr Yates as a tenant but he told The News he does not live at the property and that a mistake on a tenancy agreement led to him being included.

As reported, the document shows the pair owe £2,919.54 in arrears, plus costs and £26.30 per day from May 23.

Ms Clark refused to speak to The News but Mr Yates said she has gone to friends and family to help pay for a deposit on a different home. She had previously said Mr Yates being included on the tenancy caused problems with housing benefit.

Mr Yates said: ‘It’s an all-round bad situation for everybody. We’re doing what we can but then with having to pay arrears, we’ve got to sort out.

‘Obviously I want to get them housed as well but financially it’s just not easy.’

The Goncalves family moved into the caravan, on a site near Chichester, on May 31. They had been staying at a friend’s home in Titchfield but the friend moved back in after coming back from holiday.

Brother’s begging letter to pair living in the home

UPSET Joe Goncalves, nine, has written a letter to the tenants who have not left his home.

The twin brother of Luis, who received a kidney from his father, 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.’

Michael Yates said he and Dawn Clark have not received it.