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Homeless couple ‘forced to live in car with dogs because landlords refuse pets’

A homeless couple claim they have been living in their car with their dogs for four months because no landlord will let them keep pets.

Jennifer Tysoe, 70, and husband Nigel, 54, adopted the two dogs from their neighbours after they died, before being made homeless in January this year.

They spent six months sofa-surfing while they looked for a new house, but no accommodation they found would allow their dogs.

Jen and Nigel Tysoe are homeless and due to having dogs are forced to live in a car. See SWNS story SWMDcar. A Northampton couple who lovingly took in their neighbour's two dogs after they died have been living in the front seats of their Peugeot 208 since July. Jennifer, 70, and husband Nigel Tysoe, 54, have refused to give up cocker spaniel Becky and Staffordshire bull terrier Titan after they made a lifelong promise to their friends when they died to care for their pets. The couple, formerly of Lovat Drive, have lived and worked in Northampton all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home. But in January this year Nigel had a fall, was unable to continue working and the couple's marital home was repossessed. During their time spent sofa surfing for six months, the pair were hit by repeated setbacks.

Jennifer and Nigel Tysoe have been living in the car for four months (Picture: Northampton Chronicle&Echo/ SWNS)

Jen and Nigel Tysoe are homeless and due to having dogs are forced to live in a car. See SWNS story SWMDcar. A Northampton couple who lovingly took in their neighbour's two dogs after they died have been living in the front seats of their Peugeot 208 since July. Jennifer, 70, and husband Nigel Tysoe, 54, have refused to give up cocker spaniel Becky and Staffordshire bull terrier Titan after they made a lifelong promise to their friends when they died to care for their pets. The couple, formerly of Lovat Drive, have lived and worked in Northampton all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home. But in January this year Nigel had a fall, was unable to continue working and the couple's marital home was repossessed. During their time spent sofa surfing for six months, the pair were hit by repeated setbacks.

They say the dogs are now part of the family (Picture: Northampton Chronicle&Echo/ SWNS)

Jen and Nigel Tysoe are homeless and due to having dogs are forced to live in a car. See SWNS story SWMDcar. A Northampton couple who lovingly took in their neighbour's two dogs after they died have been living in the front seats of their Peugeot 208 since July. Jennifer, 70, and husband Nigel Tysoe, 54, have refused to give up cocker spaniel Becky and Staffordshire bull terrier Titan after they made a lifelong promise to their friends when they died to care for their pets. The couple, formerly of Lovat Drive, have lived and worked in Northampton all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home. But in January this year Nigel had a fall, was unable to continue working and the couple's marital home was repossessed. During their time spent sofa surfing for six months, the pair were hit by repeated setbacks.

The couple have lived and worked in Northampton all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home (Picture: Northampton Chronicle&Echo/ SWNS)

The pair say they have been left with little alternative than to live in their Peugeot 208, where they have been rough sleeping since July.

They refuse to give up cocker spaniel Becky and Staffordshire bull terrier Titan after making a lifelong promise to their friends to look after them.

The couple, formerly of Lovat Drive, Northampton, have lived and worked in the town all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home.

But their marital home was repossessed after Nigel was unable to continue working following a fall earlier this year.

Several landlords turned them down for private rented accommodation because of their adopted pets.

Jen and Nigel Tysoe are homeless and due to having dogs are forced to live in a car. See SWNS story SWMDcar. A Northampton couple who lovingly took in their neighbour's two dogs after they died have been living in the front seats of their Peugeot 208 since July. Jennifer, 70, and husband Nigel Tysoe, 54, have refused to give up cocker spaniel Becky and Staffordshire bull terrier Titan after they made a lifelong promise to their friends when they died to care for their pets. The couple, formerly of Lovat Drive, have lived and worked in Northampton all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home. But in January this year Nigel had a fall, was unable to continue working and the couple's marital home was repossessed. During their time spent sofa surfing for six months, the pair were hit by repeated setbacks.

Titan the Staffordshire bull terrier used to belong to their neighbours before they passed away (Picture: Northampton Chronicle&Echo/ SWNS)

Jen and Nigel Tysoe are homeless and due to having dogs are forced to live in a car. See SWNS story SWMDcar. A Northampton couple who lovingly took in their neighbour's two dogs after they died have been living in the front seats of their Peugeot 208 since July. Jennifer, 70, and husband Nigel Tysoe, 54, have refused to give up cocker spaniel Becky and Staffordshire bull terrier Titan after they made a lifelong promise to their friends when they died to care for their pets. The couple, formerly of Lovat Drive, have lived and worked in Northampton all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home. But in January this year Nigel had a fall, was unable to continue working and the couple's marital home was repossessed. During their time spent sofa surfing for six months, the pair were hit by repeated setbacks.

Becky the cocker spaniel takes a drink in the car she shares with Titan, Nigel and Jennifer (Picture: Northampton Chronicle&Echo/ SWNS)

They have since asked Northampton Borough Council for a social home where they can live with the dogs and where Nigel can rest his legs, which need dressing by doctors every day.

Jennifer and Nigel say their lives would change overnight if they were given a house.

The pair, who fell in love while working at a bakery together, are currently living off their state pension and savings and have £670 to spend a month to cover fuel and meal costs.

Northampton Borough Council has offered the couple and the dogs separate temporary accommodation, but they declined as they ‘want to live together as a family’.

Jennifer said: ‘You don’t just give them away do you? We have had them for a few years now and they are family.

Jen and Nigel Tysoe are homeless and due to having dogs are forced to live in a car. See SWNS story SWMDcar. A Northampton couple who lovingly took in their neighbour's two dogs after they died have been living in the front seats of their Peugeot 208 since July. Jennifer, 70, and husband Nigel Tysoe, 54, have refused to give up cocker spaniel Becky and Staffordshire bull terrier Titan after they made a lifelong promise to their friends when they died to care for their pets. The couple, formerly of Lovat Drive, have lived and worked in Northampton all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home. But in January this year Nigel had a fall, was unable to continue working and the couple's marital home was repossessed. During their time spent sofa surfing for six months, the pair were hit by repeated setbacks.

They say their lives would change overnight if they were given a house (Picture: Northampton Chronicle&Echo/ SWNS)

Jen and Nigel Tysoe are homeless and due to having dogs are forced to live in a car. See SWNS story SWMDcar. A Northampton couple who lovingly took in their neighbour's two dogs after they died have been living in the front seats of their Peugeot 208 since July. Jennifer, 70, and husband Nigel Tysoe, 54, have refused to give up cocker spaniel Becky and Staffordshire bull terrier Titan after they made a lifelong promise to their friends when they died to care for their pets. The couple, formerly of Lovat Drive, have lived and worked in Northampton all their lives and had planned to spend a peaceful retirement in their home. But in January this year Nigel had a fall, was unable to continue working and the couple's marital home was repossessed. During their time spent sofa surfing for six months, the pair were hit by repeated setbacks.

Nigel Tysoe lost his job after a bad fall (Picture: Northampton Chronicle&Echo/ SWNS)

‘They are everything. People like kids and I like animals.

‘Getting a house would mean everything. It would be like getting a pot of gold.

‘The dogs would be more comfortable. People come into the country and they are on the list. Nobody wants to listen, I feel rejected.

‘We don’t want to be separated from the dogs and we have gone through enough.

‘It’s very hard. I have to take Nigel to the doctors every day and get petrol.

‘Once the car’s out of action, that will be it.’

Provided they hand in the correct documents, the local authority said they might be eligible for social housing.

Nigel added: ‘I believe I provided bank statements about July, August time when we were made homeless.’



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