Family of 4 forced to live on mattresses in one room after mould takes over home

Family of 4 forced to live on mattresses in one room after mould takes over home

 

A family of four and their two lodgers are being forced to live on mattresses in a single room because of mould.

Kevin Carmichael, 38, says the mould has got so bad in their house, they have had to throw most of their furniture away, reports GrimsbyLive.

Mr Carmichael is sleeping in the dining room along with his wife Kelly, 32, their children Serenity and Caleb, 9 and 7, and two lodgers.

He says the conditions have left him and Kelly depressed and Caleb ill as a result of the damp conditions.

Social housing provider Ongo said work is currently being carried out to repair the issue at the house in Scunthorpe.

Kevin says he first reported the issues to landlord Ongo when they moved in three years ago, but the problem has grown out of control.

“We just want a house we can live in,” he said. “I’m a roofer by trade, and as soon as we moved in I checked the loft and found the mould and it soon spread to the bedrooms.

“We reported it to Ongo I don’t know how many times, but they’ve only just started properly doing anything.

“The walls of the kids’ bedrooms were covered in this thick, hairy mould that kept coming back.

“We’ve had to throw TVs, settees, chairs and beds away because it got to them.”

Work begun several weeks ago on the downstairs, leaving the family without a kitchen for three weeks.

They have had to remove nearly all of their remaining possessions from the house while it is carried out.

Repair work has now moved upstairs, and the six adults and six children are sleeping on mattresses in their dining room.

Kevin said: “The stress of this has made us all poorly. My wife and I are both depressed, and my son has been off school because he’s ill with stress.

“We don’t want compensation or anything like that – we just want our house back.

“The kids are doing well in school here, so we don’t want to move and have to take them out.

“We don’t even know if this work will solve the problem – we’re already seeing signs of mould returning in the kitchen.

“Ongo told us the work would only take a few weeks, but it’s already been going on for five.

“I can’t see it being done by Christmas.”

Ongo have said that they have encountered delays, but hope to complete the repairs by the end of the month.

Steve Shelley, Area Manager at Ongo said: “We are working closely with tenants at this address to resolve an ongoing disrepair case.

“Unfortunately due to an incident at the property, the disrepair work will take longer to complete. This is so that we can ensure the health and safety of our colleagues and tenants.

“We are investigating the incident and will continue to work with these tenants to resolve their disrepair case as soon as possible, and complete all repairs by the end of this month.”

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