Family’s hell as mold infests every room of ‘disgusting’ flat and spreads to furniture


Despite cleaning the walls and painting over it, the mold keeps coming through and is badly impacting the family’s mental health

A family from Grimsby say they are living out of boxes and bags due to a mold infestation affecting every room of their flat

A family has been forced to live out of boxes and bags as a severe mold infestation.

Zoe Smith has been living with her 17 year old daughter, Ellie Bromley, and her disabled partner in the privately-rented property on Thorgam Court, Grimsby, since December.

But they are facing a nightmare as mold has now spread to wardrobes and cupboards.

The family claim they are forced to live out of boxes and bags, Grimsby Telegraph reports.

The mum adds the family have tried to fix the problems, but say they are endless.

Zoe said: “We moved into the property in December last year and everything was alright to start with.

“However, a few months later, we started to notice a number of issues.

“The ceiling wallpaper began ripping and we started to see black mold in the kitchen and behind the wallpaper in the other rooms.







Zoe Smith has been living with her daughter and disabled partner in the moldy flat since December
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“The mold is in every room in the flat and we’ve all been poorly as a result of it.

“Both my partner and daughter suffer from asthma and the mold has really affected them.

“Every time I cough it hurts my chest now and I wonder if that might be because of all the mould.”

Despite cleaning the walls and painting over it, the mold keeps coming through and Zoe claims that it’s impacting the family’s mental health.







The mold has got so bad, it has spread to cupboards and wardrobes, leaving them living out of boxes and bags
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She said: “I don’t like having friends round and my mum has never even been round. I feel disgusting in my own home.

“It upsets us all a lot, but we’re stuck here at the minute, we’re just trying to find somewhere else to live so we can get away. It’s especially bad for my daughter, she doesn’t need this.

“We pay £375 a month in rent normally, but haven’t done so the past two months because of the issues we’ve been having. It’s not worth that with the state it’s in at all.

“My partner is also struggling as he is autistic and doesn’t always understand what’s going on so it’s been really difficult for all of us.”







The mold has got so bad, it has spread to cupboards and wardrobes, leaving them living out of boxes and bags
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Ellie, 17, said the mold has ruined her bedroom.

She said: “It’s not nice to see your home like this and I’ve lost all my wardrobes so I’m just living out of bags, I’ve never been this poorly in my life.”

Due to her ill health, Zoe has also been unable to look after her disabled mother.

She said: “I’m a carer for my mum, but I daren’t go and see her because of how ill I am, I don’t want her to become ill too.

“We just wished we’d never moved in if I’m honest, no one should have to live like this.”







The family claim they have tried to fix the problems but say they are endless
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The family claim they have tried to fix the problems but say they are endless
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Since not paying her rent, Zoe has been dealt two eviction notices.

The landlord has said the property does not have condensation or mold problems and claims it did not so when the property was bought and rented to previous tenants.

They say it is purpose-built with a damp course, windows have trickle vents and an extra vent and extraction fan was provided in the bathroom.

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