A Doncaster housing organisation has failed to address a ‘terrible’ damp problem, according to an elderly resident who says her health has been affected by the damp living conditions.
Diane Reynolds, 72, of Waverley Avenue, Balby, suffers from chronic lung diseases, asthma and emphysema and lives in a council flat managed by St Leger Homes, where she says the damp problem is so bad it has begun to affect her health and has made her bedroom uninhabitable.
Tenant Diane says she and her step-daughter, Caroline Parkin-Coates, 44, of Woodfield Road, Balby, have contacted St Leger Homes several times over the last two years but say have not been offered any ‘real solution’ to the problem.
After the Free Press took up Diane Reynold’s case, St Leger Homes sent an inspector to the house, who sealed up the bedroom, stopping our photographer from taking pictures of her ‘mouldy’ bedroom.
“The damp is all in the walls, my bedding, the carpets too because of the constant dripping from the ceiling. The damp makes me feel awful and I can’t get a decent nights sleep because of it. I feel completely helpless because no matter how many times me or my family complain they just ignore me,” said Diane.
Step-daughter Caroline says she is worried about her mother having to live in the conditions.
“She’s an elderly woman who isn’t very well anyway and is being forced to sleep in her living room, which also has awful damp problems. I’m sick and tired of St Leger Homes ignoring us, while my mum has to live in a mouldy prison. It’s just not right,” said Caroline.
St Leger Homes manage the areas council houses on behalf of Doncaster Council, and chief executive Susan Jordan says they have taken steps to try and fix Diane’s damp problem over the last two years including repairing a window and fitting additional air vents.
Mrs Jordan added: “It is very important to us to ensure that all of the properties we manage are maintained in good condition. We appreciate Ms Reynolds’ frustration that it has taken some time to find the cause of the damp in her flat despite a series of measures to prevent it. Our surveyor will be re-visiting the property shortly and we will work to resolve the problem as soon as possible.”