A Croydon woman and her sons have been rehoused by the council after a report found their home to be in an appalling state of disrepair.

Croydon resident Fransoy Hewitt said she wanted to "wanted to scream" for joy after she heard the news, following over a year of living with her children in a flat beset by damp, mould and numerous leaks.

News broadcasters ITV led the investigation that broke on Monday last week (March 22) and exposed "unlivable" conditions a number of council flat tenants were living in at the Regina Road tower block in South Norwood.

As the Croydon Guardian reported previously, since the ITV expose the council acted and vowed to rehome residents, with the news even prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to comment.

Since then, Fransoy and her two sons, aged five and seven, have been offered new accommodation and started moving in.

Your Local Guardian: Fransoy at her previous home in South Norwood. Image: ITVFransoy at her previous home in South Norwood. Image: ITV

"I couldn't believe my luck. I wanted to scream, like, 'oh my god!'" She told ITV regarding her response to the news that she would be moving into a new home.

"It feels amazing. I actually can't believe it... It feels great," Fransoy added.

She previously told ITV she had considered suicide if her situation did not change.

Croydon Council previously responded to the news report and vowed to rehome those impacted at Regina Road.

The council says they will also be undertaking a review of conditions at all 16 of the borough’s similar high-rise housing blocks.

In a statement online, Councillor Hamida Ali, leader of the council said: "I am absolutely appalled by the horrific conditions our residents have been living in and we will leave no stone unturned in finding out how and why this has happened.

"As our first priorities we have rehomed our residents and ordered urgent safety checks and repairs to the flats.

"All our tenants should expect good-quality housing and proper care and it is clear that these standards were unacceptable.

"That is why we have begun a formal inquiry, and as part of this we will be appointing an independent expert to lead the process.

"The council will assist them in any way we can, and I promise to our residents that we will do everything we can to make sure that this never happens again."