Evicted from her caravan and unable to pay rent, this 76-year-old retiree was forced to sleep in her car
Author: Clark Tos
In Oise, a 76-year-old retiree lived in a campsite for three years while waiting to find an apartment. After being kicked out of her trailer, she slept in her car. Finally, social housing was granted to him.
Colette Formont is a retired 76 year old with character. It all started in 2019, when she left a house she rented in Margny-lès-Compiègne, in the Oise.
After her move, Colette decided to settle in the Aigrette campsite, in Attichy, to live in a caravan. She first signed a contract for three weeks, then for a month, before signing a three-month contract renewable every quarter.
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Thus, Colette stayed in her caravan at the campsite for three and a half years. Meanwhile, the retiree was looking for an apartment. Every year, she filed an application to find accommodation, but “the rents were too high compared to his retirement” , in his words.
She is expelled from the campsite
Some time ago, Colette was kicked out of her trailer. His rental contract at the campsite was not renewed because according to the managers, the caravan had become « inhabitable » .
'It was no longer possible , explained the managers of the campsite. The caravan is unsanitary and there were problems with residents. The caravan will also be destroyed. »
To protest against her expulsion, and although she had received several offers of accommodation, Colette decided to put up resistance by sleeping in her car .
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For 11 days, she lived in her vehicle. Her action was widely publicized in the media, and the retiree received many messages of support.
“I was waiting for the managers to come and see me. By staying there, I wanted to show that we should not take the elderly for idiots who let themselves be done » , she explained.
She gets social housing
Eventually, Colette won the battle. Thanks to the Public Housing Office (OPAC), it obtained a social housing . This Thursday, November 17, the OPAC assigned him an apartment located on the third floor of a building, a few meters from the Attichy campsite. All he has to do is move in.
While waiting for Colette to find someone to help her carry her boxes, the campsite has agreed to accommodate her temporarily, until November 30. A double victory for this stubborn retiree.Source : Actu