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Damp Mould Continued-

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940 views 7 replies latest reply: 15 February 2014
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Hi so i have already posted on here about my ongoing fight with my housing association to do with the damp and mould situation. I have done as i said before all that i can to address the issues they say are lifestyle. I have proved them wrong by keeping the humidity levels correct following everything advised the mould/damp is still coming back. I have been in this fight for over year an half. I have had works done but it has not remedied the problem. So i have someone coming out from repairs on Thursday he is going to look at either repairing the damp course or removing it. I have no doubt in my mind he will opt for a repair as its the least cost and he wants a good pat on the back from the company well done oh you have saved us sooo much money. I no it wont deal with the problem. So the real question is this ok so i am at the end of the complaints procedure with my housing i have had the housing ombudsman involved for to long but what power do the housing ombudsman have? All she seems to do is phone them email them and wait. I have been phoning and emailing and nothing. I was told by the housing ombudsman over 2 weeks ago my housing would be writing to me but they do not. I have environmental health involved before and am getting them involved again. I am just wondering what to do know.

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Tenant

Do you have any health problems that have been caused by the damp? For example, have you consulted your GP?

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I have been to my gp but to be honest my gp is pretty useless i have said my kids keep getting colds and coughs i no kids will but i said its like a continual thing in the winter months. I said to my housing about this they again say nothing. I was supposed to receive a copy of the surveyors report but nothing

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Tenant

I have mould on my bedroom window sills & I have to clean them almost everyday with bleach,

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Service provider

I would ask my local council’s environmental health officer to come out for a visit to undertake a report. It looks like a category 1 hazzard under the Housing Health Safety Rating System.

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Tenant

I had environmental health out last year and they served them with notice to do with my front room not having adequate ventilation. They put new patio doors in with a trickle vent system which is not what environmental health asked for but she could not go any further so i continued the fight and got new patio doors with side openers in but that was just one in a long line of faults and problems involved. I have contacted them again and she has phoned them about the damp in my bathroom which they say is because my drains are blocked which is rubbish as a guy from UK DN waterflow services came out and examined it. The second drain down from mine which is to do with upstairs is slightly blocked so they are now saying this affects my drain?? so the long and short of it is this. I have to let them unblock the other drain let them do a 3rd or 4th mold treatment in my bathroom and wait and see in several months time if this cures the problem. They are basically looking for any other way of getting out of dealing with the DPC as that will cost. They are now going to fit a new envirofit system which is basically a more modern extractor fan in fact this will be the 3rd time they have changed the one in my bathroom and my kitchen oh and finally they have after all this time agreed to take up the patio as its above the damp course and the french drain did not work. So basically because they are doing work although they are trying to get round touching the DPC so it will come back and again i will have to fight keep going round in circles. Oh and by the way the guy in the pic is not my property dont no why they put that up lol as i sent them pics

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Tenant

in the flat i was in, the bathroom had tiles on the wall, put on by whoever the landlord hired to stick them on the wall, i don’t know, some chimpanzee from the zoo, as, they werent plastered enough onto the wall, everytime i showered, the condensation built up mould and damp, because the tiles werent plastered enough, so, i was fed up washing down the mould off the walls, and just removed the tiles, the black stuff behind the tiles was disgusting, i reported the landlord to the PRIVATE TENANTS PANEL, because he had other repairs he needed to sort out and hadn’t bothered with, i got evicted for reporting him, so, just be careful if you ever decide to report your landlord !!!

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Tenant

Dee, if your GP is not being supportive, you might want to think about changing to one that is more sympathetic to the problem. If you can get a doctor on your side, you could then contact a no win no fee solicitor to sue the Housing Association for personal injury. When damp affects your health and that of your children it amounts to personal injury. However, if you contact your Housing Association and suggest to them that you will be pursuing this course of action, it might be enough to bring the matter to a satisfactory conclusion. If threatening them with it doesn’t work, then definitely consider discussing it with one of the many firms that advertise on TV. You have nothing to lose by seeking their advice.

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