A TENANT says he has been living in a mouldy flat due to a leak that has gone on for three years â and claims the housing association hasnât done anything.
Mr Overton says that following a bad storm three years ago, he has been battling with a leak that is filling his home with mould.
He told the Shropshire Star: âItâs driving me crazy. Itâs been going on far too long and itâs really getting me down.
âIâve had months and months of mould and damp and dripping. Iâm visually impaired and Iâm feeling really down and depressed, Iâm stressed out by this every day of the week.â
After the storm, Mr Overtonâs bathroom ceiling started leaking and he said initially it was small and almost manageable, but four months ago the situation got significantly worse.
He said: âThere was only one leak at first, and then all of a sudden there were multiple. It was the worst night of my life.
âOne bucket wasnât cutting it, it leaked everywhere, all over my floor and through to the neighbour below.
âIâve been putting more buckets down but because of my vision, I keep tripping over them.â
He claimed that The Wrekin Housing Trust, who manage the property, has failed to properly repair the roof.
Mr Overton said: âThe roof hasnât been right for over three years, all Wrekin Housing Trust are doing is patching it up and itâs not working.
âTheyâve sent someone round to clean up the mould, and theyâve told me theyâll send someone to redecorate â but whatâs the point in that?
âIâm sick of it. I donât want to move, Iâve been here over 30 years and Iâm really close to family and I like it here. But I canât go on like this. Iâm not sure what else to do.â
Emma Humphries, head of operational services at The Wrekin Housing Group said: âWe are sorry about the issue that Mr Overton has experienced in his property, which has become worse following recent heavy rain.
âWe have carried out extensive work to try and remedy the issue, however to address this fully, a full roof replacement is required.
âOur specialist contractors have been instructed to carry out this work as a matter of urgency starting next week.
âOur repairs team are also carrying out further temporary work to make the property watertight until the full roof replacement can take place.
âWe always try and respond to all repair requests on the same day they are reported, but there are occasions when the problem needs more work, more investigation, or an external contractor to resolve it as has been the case with this matter.
âWe do accept though, we have visited Mr Overtonâs property more than we would normally hope to.
âWe believe in providing good quality, affordable housing for all our customers and the maintenance of these homes is very important to us and to our customers.
âWe maintain high levels of investment to fix issues, make improvements and to make them more energy efficient, all helping to tackle issues like this.â
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