GUYHIRN: Roddons tenant pleads for housing association to sort out damp problem
PUBLISHED: 13:44 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010
Story by: MAGGIE GIBSON HOUSEPROUD Tina Forder claims her home is being ruined by damp and her pleas for action have been ignored by the housing association responsible for maintenance. The mum of three claims she has had to get rid of clothes and furnitu
Story by: MAGGIE GIBSON
HOUSEPROUD Tina Forder claims her home is being ruined by damp and her pleas for action have been ignored by the housing association responsible for maintenance.
The mum of three claims she has had to get rid of clothes and furniture all damaged by damp and mould.
She says she cannot afford to keep decorating her house in Gull Road, Guyhirn, only to have to start again after just a few months.
However, after being contacted by this newspaper Roddons Housing Association has promised a full inspection by a specialised surveyor.
Although the Forder family have lived in the former council house for 12 years the problem became much worse after a water main burst last summer and water flooded under the property.
Roddens has installed vents and a machine in the loft to help circulate air and improve the situation but Mrs Forder says her pleas for more help have fallen on deaf ears.
She said: "All I want them to do is sort this damp out because what ever I do it just keeps coming back. The machine in the loft has to run all the time and I am paying for it to do that.
"They have told us to leave the doors open all the time in the house but it is really cold with that machine running. My heating bills are just going up and up. I cannot live with this constant battle - every outside wall is damp."
Her son Adam, 17, has to sleep in a bedroom where the walls are running with damp and the curtains covered in mould. She claimed: "They told me to move the bed away from the wall but because the room is so small we cannot do that. I have contacted Roddens at least 15 times and they just won't listen."
Mrs Fodder had some refurbishment work carried out by Roddens last year, but refused to have the whole house done because she had installed a new kitchen and bathroom at her own expense and also had new doors fitted.
Mrs Forder said: "It is no good them saying that if I had that work carried out it would have solved the problem, because my neighbour also has damp in her house."
A spokesman for Roddens said: "We have not received any complaints following the installation of the ventilation system at the property of Mrs Forder, however we have arranged for an immediate visit by a damp surveyor to the property for a full inspection.
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