Nicola Hodgson, 29, moved into the Leeds property in 2015 and she says that she has been dealing with damp and mould ever since. Due to the extent of the problem, she has now found “slugs and other wildlife” roaming her home.
Ms Hodgson, who works as a machine operator, first filed a complaint to Leeds City Council in 2016 when she saw mould behind her sofa. She said that nothing was done until she involved a solicitor in 2019.
She says the mould has spread throughout the home, including in her seven-year-old daughter’s bedroom. At one point, they had to share a room because the mould covering her daughter’s room was so bad.
Ms Hodgson told LeedsLive: “At one point, no one could go into the top room, it was that bad, she had to sleep in my bedroom.”
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Ms Hodgson said that following a recent visit from the council, she was told that the mould and damp was caused by her lifestyle because she had her clothes drying in the bathroom.
Ms Hodgson said: “I’m just being fobbed off all the time.
“As long as they are getting their rent, they aren’t bothered about the conditions I’m living in. They know I have got my daughter living with me here.
“She was three-years-old when the damp started. Since she was just three or four years old started developing tonsillitis, I have only just found out this can be caused by damp.
“I’ve had other people telling me they’ve had the same problems with the council. I do not know what it is, they don’t want to come and sort anything. I have had slugs and other wildlife [in the home] because it’s that damp.
“I’ve had a number of surveyors out and they have said it’s rising damp and said it’s rising from the cellar.
“Due to coronavirus restrictions, there has been a delay in some repairs being carried out and we would like to apologise to our tenants for any additional wait that they are currently experiencing.
“We are working extremely hard to ensure that all repairs are undertaken as soon as is possible.”
Additional reporting by Mellissa Dzinzi.