Pregnant mum forced to sleep in living room as hellish flat plagued by mould

Abigail Davies said there is damp in the two bedrooms at her flat in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent and she has been told there may be asbestos in her hallway too. She pays £305.68 a month in rent

Abigail Davies in one of the bedrooms affected by mould and damp
Abigail Davies in one of the bedrooms affected by mould and damp

A pregnant mum has been forced to sleep in the living room of her flat as the property is riddled with mould.

Abigail Davies, 22, has lived with her family in the home in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, for two years and is now demanding to be moved due to health concerns.

The woman, who pays £305.68 a month in rent, said there is damp in the two bedrooms and she has been told there may be asbestos in her hallway, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.

She said that due to the mould, she, her partner and their one-year-old son have been sleeping in the living room.

Abigail said her family has been contacting the housing association Epic Housing every day for the last three months, but she claimed that instead of tackling the damp, contractors have simply painted over the mould.

Abigail, who is 22 weeks pregnant, is now asking for her family to be moved somewhere else, even though the housing association said the flat is “fit for habitation”.

The mum is asking for her family to be moved to a different house due to the mould in her flat

She said: “My partner has just been diagnosed with asthma, I’m also asthmatic and I have been struggling with asthma attacks.

“I’m in and out of hospital with my son as he has got chest infections constantly. I’ve also had complications with my pregnancy and I’m scared I’m going to have an asthma attack every day.

“Me, my son and my partner are all cramped in the living room. Me and my partner are on the sofa and my son is on a mattress.

“The living room and kitchen are the only places where we can live because the bedrooms are not safe. I was also told that there could be asbestos in the hallway.”

Abigail said she has also developed back pain from sleeping on the sofa.

She explained: “I’ve been complaining for more than a year and I’ve called them every day for the last three months. They just brush it off, but it’s ok for them as they get to go home to their cushy houses.

“They’ve done nothing apart from splashing some paint on it. They’ve repainted the walls four times in the last three months.

“A few months ago they also put glass on the walls to try and stop the mould coming through, but that didn’t help either.”

Abigail with some of the furniture that has been damaged by the damp

Abigail said she has spent at least £200 on mould remover and has been forced to throw away £4,000 worth of new baby clothes, a pushchair and furniture that has been destroyed by mould.

The worried mum said: “It’s putting our lives at risk. Not just physically, but mentally too. I don’t want to be here in this place. I have been staying with family members and friends to get away from it. But when I come back the problems have just gotten worse.

“I’m constantly thinking what is going to go wrong next. I just think the whole place is going to crumble down.

“I want Epic to fix the problems and move me. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.”

Epic Housing told Stoke-on-Trent Live it has doused the affected areas with an anti-fungal and mould treatment and Abigail is on a waiting list to be moved.

A spokeswoman said: “The Property Services Manager noticed during the visit on November 11 that there was an area of cracked plaster in the hallway above the door which was identified to potentially be artex which could contain asbestos. Ms Davies was advised not to disturb the area and an appointment was arranged for our contractor to attend on November 18 to investigate and remove or treat as necessary.

“From our recent inspection of the property, whilst there are some areas of mould growth, which is possibly a result on condensation within the property, and, therefore, needs to be cleaned away, the property is fit for habitation and there is no evidence of damp in the property.

“I can assure you that EPIC has been proactive in dealing with the issues of damp reported by Ms Davies and will continue to monitor the situation.

“I can confirm that Ms Davies is on the waiting list for a two bedroom house, however, at this time there are a number of applicants above her. Houses are in high demand and EPIC has fairly low turnover. I would, therefore, advise Ms Davies to contact other housing providers in the area, details of which will be available from Stoke-on-Trent City Council.”

The Mirror has contacted Epic Housing for further comment.

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