A couple and their 13 children are facing homelessness if a house big enough for them doesn’t become available in the next nine weeks.

Deborah and Craig Douglas have until the end of April to move out of their home in Dumfries after their landlady decided to sell up.

Despite applying for a number of private lets and pleading with housing associations, the family still haven’t found anywhere big enough for their brood.

And Deborah, 38, feels they are being “discriminated” against because of the size of their family.

She said: “We’ve been in our current home for nearly five years but the landlady told us in November 2019 she was selling.

“I immediately went to the council’s homeless department but 15 months down the line, they still haven’t found anywhere for us to go.

“We’ve now got just nine weeks to find somewhere or we’ll be out in the street.

“It’s only thanks to our fantastic landlady that we’re not already homeless but she can’t wait much longer.

“My husband works full time and we’ve applied for private lets but every time the landlord finds out we’ve got 13 kids, we’re refused.

“The last one told me having so many children would be a ‘problem’.

“I was in shock. My children aren’t a ‘problem’. They are all so lovely. They are well-mannered, clean and tidy and make Craig and I so very proud.

“It feels like we’re being discriminated against for having a big family but surely we’re entitled to a home just like everyone else.

“Local housing associations don’t have anywhere big enough for us and it’s now at the stage where I’m pleading and begging for help.

“There must be somewhere for us to go.”

Deborah gave birth to her 13th child just a day before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown measures in the UK.

Baby Nate was a brother for Ellie, Liam, Troy, Cora, Eva, Zac, Indi, Rio, Ezmae, Aria, Zuri and Eboni.

Deborah and joiner Craig, 35, never planned on having a massive family when they met more than 17 years ago.

She said: “I used to like looking after kids when I was younger and then handing them back.

“My sister always said she wanted the Von Trapp family but now she’s just got two and I’ve got 13.”

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The family get through three loaves of bread a day and need to crack 25 eggs for scrambled eggs on toast.

As soon as Deborah gets up at 6.30am, she puts on the first of five washings a day.

But the supermum wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I wouldn’t change it for the world and my kids are amazing and happy but the threat of homelessness hanging over us is really affecting my health.

“We need help and I’m not afraid to ask for it.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The council is actively working with a housing provider on a option to resolve their situation and Mr and Mrs Douglas have been kept informed of the situation during monthly updates with the family.

“The council is also actively working on options to ensure there is continued accommodation available until the permanent solution with the housing provider is available.”