Luke and Olga Burns have been paying £60-£100 a night and moved between 12 Premier Inns – rapidly swallowing their £588 weekly benefits.
A family of five has been living in Premier Inns for three years at a cost of £88,000 after council blunders left them homeless.
The Burns thought they would be in a hotel for just one week after being turfed out of a flood-damaged flat they rented privately.
But a council wrangle has meant that since April 2014 they have been paying £60-£100 a night and moving between 12 Premier Inns – rapidly swallowing their £588 weekly benefits.
They have spent three Christmases there and even had a baby. The tot, now 11 months, has lived in a hotel room since just one day old.
Luke Burns and his wife Olga are both qualified teachers and have tutored their older children “at home” – in the hotel room.
They had to pack their belongings into half a dozen carrier bags and travel by bus from one hotel to another as they sought out the cheapest nightly rates.
Many times they waited outside on the pavement until loans from family landed in their bank account.
Luke, 42, said: “We are trapped. We can’t afford to move out – it costs a fortune to rent privately – but the council won’t help. We are living hand to mouth and any money we get is used for the next day’s hotel room.
“If we had the money we’ve been loaned by family in a lump sum then yes, it would have been possible to solve the situation. But it hasn’t been the case.