Mum desperate to move from damp-riddled flat making her ‘feel like a tramp’

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Heidi Grocott, 24, has been living at her Aspire-owned property in Clayton with her six-year-old son for almost five years and has claimed the dampness has ruined her clothes and furniture

Heidi Grocott, 24, has been living at her Aspire-owned property for almost five years
Heidi Grocott, 24, has been living at her Aspire-owned property for almost five years

A mum is demanding to be moved from her flat because it’s riddled with damp and making her “feel like a tramp”.

Heidi Grocott, 24, has been living at her Aspire-owned property with her six-year-old son for almost five years.

She is now demanding the housing association move them to a house.

She also claims her son’s bedroom is covered with damp spores and has impacted his asthma – a condition she says he didn’t have prior to moving into the flat, StokeonTrentLive reports.

The mum-of-one says it has ruined her clothing and her furniture.

Heidi said: “It’s full of damp. My son’s bedroom is disgusting. When I get clothes out of our wardrobes and drawers, they stink even if they have been washed.

Heidi is demanding to be relocated because her flat is riddled with damp
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“I had work done last March for this. They sent contractors who did a fantastic job. They knocked quite a few walls down and injected it with the special stuff. We plastered it and it’s come back. It’s revolting.

“The damp is in the living room and coming back in all the places where I had work done.

“The windows are disgusting. I bleach them because it makes me feel like a tramp, even though I’m a clean person.

“I opened the drawer the other day and a leather belt was full of mould, but it’s like a yellowy green. I don’t want to live here anymore.”

Heidi says the damp has ruined her clothes and furniture
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Heidi claims she has emailed Aspire numerous times and staff have told her they will send a surveyor out, but she says she wants to be relocated.

She said: “Even when we had the work done last year, I had to pay to redecorate. I had to do each room so it cost about £150.

“I keep emailing Aspire. I’ve sent them photos and everything and they are not getting back to me.

“They emailed me once and said a surveyor is going to come out but what’s a surveyor going to do?

Heidi claims she has contacted the housing association multiple times
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“I want people to see how bad it actually is. I’ve had enough of it.

“My son suffers from asthma, so it’s getting to his chest and it’s stressing me out. It’s putting me down because I don’t want to live in this horrible environment.

“I’ve told them I want to be re-homed into a house. This property is not fit for living in. I’m paying for rent and the property is not safe, especially for my boy.

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“They are quick enough to get in touch if I don’t pay rent, but I never failed a rent payment.

“It’s appalling how they expect people to live like this. I guarantee, if one of them lived like that, you would see them onto the landlord asking to be re-homed.

“I want to be re-homed and go into a house because you don’t get this problem in a house. My parents live in an Aspire house and they don’t suffer.

“None of my family suffer from asthma. Since moving in here, I think this damp and how we are living has caused that. He didn’t have it before moving in.

“If they re-home me, are they expecting me to pay for new furniture when it’s not my fault? It’s ruined everything. I shouldn’t have to pay for new furniture when it’s not my fault. It’s not fair.”

Dan Gray, executive director of property, confirmed Aspire was working to resolve the issue.

He said: “We’re aware of a report of damp and mould in Ms Grocott’s property and we’re working proactively with her to review and resolve the issue urgently.

“In early 2020, we carried out a comprehensive programme of work in Ms Grocott’s home to address a previous report of damp and mould.

“Last month, Ms Grocott got back in touch with us to say that there was further mould growth, following which we have completed a property survey and will carry out any work required.

“We have a zero-tolerance approach to damp and mould in our customers’ homes and would urge all customers to report any issues at the earliest opportunity to avoid problems escalating.”

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