Evicted family-of-five turning £6k double decker bus into luxury four-bed home

A family facing homelessness have decided to transform a double-decker bus from eBay into a four-bedroom home.

Simon Lewis and Sophie Underwood decided to buy the £6,000 school bus for their family of five after they were hit with a shock eviction notice.

The creative couple said their landlord threatened to kick them out of their rented property by August 9 because he wants to sell.

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In a bid to keep their family off the streets, Simon and Sophie have set themselves the challenge to turn the green bus into a humble abode in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Simon, who owns a vaping shop, said: “Rather than leaving us homeless or burdening the council with the responsibility to find us somewhere to live, we decided to take matters into our own hands."

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Simon said he will spend £20,000 on renovating the bus to create four bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet on the top deck.

Downstairs there will be a kitchen, dining room and seating area.

Simon said the Covid-19 pandemic had made it harder for the family to get "back on their feet" financially, meaning they can’t afford to buy a house.

But he believes they will save thousands of pounds a year by living on the bus, which was previously owned by a Cambridge bus company.

Simon said: "There are literally no homes with estate agents so basically, we decided we could either move out of town or end up homeless.

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“It has always been a dream of ours to travel the country around the UK and visit the four parts of the country. This gives us the opportunity to visit the Lake District and see the rest of the UK."

He added that the government should increase taxes on second properties to help people find homes.

“There should be extra tax on second homes. I would impose four times the current level of council tax on second homes and use the money to fund house building. It’s an oven-ready solution isn’t it?”


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