I was forced to live in a CARAVAN with my autistic son, 10, after disgusting mold caved in on our wall

A mother and her 10-year-old autistic son face homelessness after a mold infestation rotted their home.

Lauren Koplin and her son Noah, who has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD and a sensory disorder, are paying $800 a week to live in a trailer while they desperately search for a new home.

Lauren Koplin and her 10-year-old son Noah were left homeless after being evicted from their home due to the mold

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Lauren Koplin and her 10-year-old son Noah were left homeless after being evicted from their home due to the moldPhoto credit: 7NEWS.com.au
Her mold got so bad that her kitchen wall was rotting

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Her mold got so bad that her kitchen wall was rottingPhoto credit: 7NEWS.com.au

The South Australian mum said the rotten situation “just kept getting worse” until the mold eventually caused her kitchen wall to collapse.

It was then classified as a “health risk” and Lauren and her son had to leave their home where they had lived for over 11 years.

But now the unhappy couple is running out of time, because the trailer park is supposed to kick them out within a few weeks – and make them homeless.

When the gray horse took over her home, Lauren said she had a back-and-forth with her real estate agent and landlord, and her lease came to a “frustrated settlement.”

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This meant they couldn’t find a solution and Lauren and her son were evicted from their family home.

“I received notice of termination under the frustrated agreement and we had four weeks to vacate,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.

With nowhere else to go, Lauren had to move to an $800-a-week trailer park.

“On top of that, we had to pay for a storage facility where we could keep all our stuff,” she said.

“We just left with our bags and that’s it.”

The mother says the situation has been particularly difficult for Noah, who has had to give up his family cat and bearded dragon as pets due to the move.

“All of Noah’s computers and everything for school and all his stuff are in the storage facility, so it was just difficult.”

Since being forced out of her home by the mold infestation, Lauren says she’s been searching feverishly for a new home but can’t find anything suitable on the market.

“I went to an inspection the other day and when I got home from it, they had already filled the position,” she said.

“I don’t have time to apply and go to 10 or more home inspections every week.

“I am busy looking after a special needs child who is homeschooled.”

I just can’t get any help

Lauren Koplin

The mother said the desperate situation prompted her to seek help from homeless services but was denied accommodation due to Noah’s condition.

“They don’t want to put me in a hotel because of Noah’s special needs.

“Some of these places have drug addicts basically knocking on your door and it’s just not a place for him.

“But I’ve been to every service that you could possibly go to multiple times and I just can’t get any help.”

Lauren added that the only help she could find was food banks and she will now be homeless when her lease at the trailer park expires.

“We can only stay here for so long, then we have to go away for two weeks and come back,” she said.

“But where should I go in these two weeks?”

“I have no idea, I guess just in my car.”

Mold became such a problem in another home that the residents had trouble breathing when they woke up.

Meanwhile, another family revealed how they’ve been trapped in a moldy apartment with four children for 12 years – even having to get a wet blanket out of their dinner because of the humidity.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/6026286/caravan-autistic-son-disgusting-mould-wall-collapse/ I was forced to live in a CARAVAN with my autistic son, 10, after disgusting mold caved in on our wall

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