Damp council flat leaves couple battling eye infections and migraines

A young couple, renting a flat from Birmingham City Council, have revealed the shocking living conditions that they have endured for three years. The couple; Mr Kent and Miss Whitmore, claim that their mould-infested council flat is so damp, they are forced to change their bed sheets every single night because they become soaking wet within 24 hours, and are currently on their third mattress – which they claim is already stained, clammy and saturated with damp.

The couple have also claimed that they have had to throw away a wardrobe filled with clothing after the mould spread to their storage, ruining their possessions, and have to go shopping every two days, as their food packaging grows mould, causing the contents to rot a lot faster than normal.

Mr Kent, who suffers from migraines and has had conjunctivitis five times in three years, said, “I never suffered with my eyes until I lived here, now I get migraines and keep getting eye infections. We looked into it online and it said it was because the mould spores have been going into my eyes.”

He added, “when I moved in, it looked great, it was all freshly painted – then the mould started coming through. They had just painted over it, covering up the ten years it has been rotting.”

Despite providing photographic evidence that revealed mushrooms sprouting from dank crevasses and black mould stains on the walls of the flat, the pair reported that Birmingham City Council simply advised them to keep windows open, dry their clothes outdoors and push all of their furniture three inches away from walls. Unfortunately, with the flat being on the ground floor, it wasn’t always possible to keep the windows open due to security reasons.

Birmingham City Council have since confirmed they are aware of the problems and are working with the couple to resolve them.

What can I do if my council home is damp?

As well as being unsightly and inconvenient, damp within your home can sometimes lead to serious health concerns – particularly for children, elderly people and anyone already suffering from respiratory conditions. At CEL Solicitors, we believe that every tenant has the right to live in a safe environment, so if you have reported issues surrounding mould and damp to your landlord, but you believe that they are not taking their legal obligations seriously, you may be able to claim compensation.

For more information about your rights as a tenant dealing with mould and damp, contact our expert team of council housing solicitors now to receive free, no obligation advice on 0808 273 0900 or email info@celsolicitors.co.uk.