A family say they have been left in a freezing, barely furnished home coated in black mould with dead rats rotting inside the walls.
Rashid, a Dutch national of Yemeni descent who came to the UK in 2002, said the property looked in relatively good condition when he moved in around five years ago. But within months, signs of a serious damp problem began to emerge, which precipitated a steady decline in the state of the house.
He said: “I have to throw the furniture out every six months because of the damp. I have just had to get rid of the sofa.
Other lows include a leak from the bathroom which has left serious damage in the kitchen, black mould spores coating window frames, wall spaces and ceilings and a distinctive sharp smell immediately present upon entering. Particularly harrowing was the sight of four-year-old Sara, wearing a Disney princess tiara, playing in rooms with visible outbreaks of black mould on the walls and ceilings.
While the mould and damp are serious health risks, a regular rat infestation has been particularly distressing for the family with young children. While the mould and damp are serious health risks, a regular rat infestation has been particularly distressing for the family with young children.
“We tried with the housing association and it has been like this for more than one year. They just keep sending surveyors, they say they will repair it but nothing seems to happen. “I ask for them to be treated fairly as human beings who with their kids have the right to live in safe and healthy environment.”