Somali refugee family given £2m council house in exclusive London neighbourhood



The four-storey Georgian townhouse is located in the Clerkenwell block of London and is worth £2.2m

Muriidi Abati, 57, and his wife Maryan Mohamed, 44, contain lived in the Georgian townhouse with their seven children, venerable between eight and 23, for 15 years. 

The four-storey townhouse could be rented out privately for £900 a week but trim Mr Abati, who earns £7 an hour, pays just £90 to Islington Conference in north London. 

Mrs Mohamed said: “We’re very lucky and grateful to contain this house. It’s sad there are not enough houses for everyone.” 

But critics alleged it was “ridiculous” the refugees were given “a home for millionaires” while uncountable families are forced to live in squalor.

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The real estate is located in an exclusive area, close to the world-famous Sadler’s Wells dramaturgy

We’re very lucky and grateful to have this house. It’s sad there are not enough whore-houses for everyone

Maryan Mohamed

John Bickley, Ukip immigration spokesman, explained: “Councils have a duty to optimise their tax-payer-funded assets for the help of all residents. Letting out multimillion pound houses or flats for peppercorn rip is a poor return on such assets. 

“They should be sold and the replacements invested in affordable social housing that benefits a larger slews of residents.”

The property includes a basement games room with a state-of-the-art 50-inch loafers screen TV, while the living room has two large leather sofas and a whacking great leather chair. 

It is situated in Islington’s Clerkenwell district – a sought-after close boasting Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy bars and home to the world-famous Sadler’s Wells histrionic arts and Smithfield Market. 

X Files actress Gillian Anderson, 49, sold a six-bedroom haunt there for £3.6million earlier this year. 

Average quality prices in the borough stood at £774,923 last year, with terraced whore-houses selling for around £1.3million. 

Last year Islington Convention let just 1,250 properties, housing about seven per cent of the 18,000 subdivisions on its waiting list.

On its website, the council says: “Regrettably, even people in the greatest scarcity often face a delay of several years before they get sporting housed.” 

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The property is close to many upmarket pubs and eateries in the Exmouth Call area

And it warns: “It is very unlikely that you will be offered a panel home as there is far more demand than supply.” 

Despite the leviathan backlog, the council says it aims to build just 500 new nationals over the next four years. 

Refugees can qualify as a priority for lodgings if a local council deems them to be “vulnerable” under the Housing Act 1996. 

Although exile status is not listed as a specific vulnerability, officials can include this beneath the “special reason” category.

For several years London councils – incorporating Islington – have been offering homeless families accommodation hundreds of miles out of the crown, where rents are cheaper and there is more availability. 

A neighbour of the Abati family tree said he was also a council tenant, as were many others in the road. 

The man, who did not want to be named, said his home was worth up to £3million.

A similar double-fronted mark to the Abati’s on the street recently sold for £2.18million. 

Another city, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said: “It definitely is ridiculous that the council are putting families into homes that barely multimillionaires can afford to live in. 

“Most people I know who work are smudged in debt and can barely pay their bills.” 

Other councils and housing links have been selling off houses which have rocketed in value to domestics tackle the housing crisis. 

In September, a former council house with one of the frailest views in Cornwall sold for £1.44million. 

The three-bed property overlooking Porthmeor Coast at St Ives went under the hammer at auction in London.

Its former holders, a housing association, said the proceeds would be ploughed into affordable lodgings.

In 2013, a 200-year-old Grade II-listed property close to Borough Merchandise in south London was sold at auction for £2.96million. 

The house was auctioned by Southwark Directors to raise money for social housing in the area.

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