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Woman Says She Feels Like A ‘Hostage’ Living In Council Flat Riddled With Mould

The 32-year-old says mould began to grow throughout the property and has, in the last year in particular, become so bad it has become “horrible” to live with.

Samantha Elliott moved into the flat in April 2012 having been on the housing waiting list with no home of her own. She said it was only meant to be a temporary place to live but she is still living there today. The 32-year-old says mould began to grow throughout the property and has, in the last year in particular, become so bad it has become “horrible” to live with.

She said: “I’ve had mental breakdowns over it. I wake up not feeling well every morning and another thing is that the place is too small. It’s only one room with a separate bathroom.” Pictures taken at the property on Hyson Green, Nottingham, appear to show extensive mould growth throughout.

Ms Elliott says she feels she has no way to move out or return to the housing waiting list for fear of making herself ‘intentionally homeless’. She described her situation as feeling as if she is “a hostage in the flat with no way out”.

She added: “The mould started not long after I moved in. As for the heating, my boiler got replaced last year. The heating was not on during the summer months and as for ventilation, my window is three feet wide and opens inwards.

“I don’t even have much stuff because I have nowhere to put it. I have eight boxes, a small table, my bed and my shelving but that has mould on it.”

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