‘Disgusting’ damp problem forces mum and five children to sleep in one cramped room

Hayley Birtley is living with her children (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

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A mum-of-five said her family are sleeping in one bedroom due to a damp problem taking over her home.

Hayley Birtley claims the problem at her home in the Sneinton area of Nottingham, is so severe that she recently had to throw away her children’s possessions and mouldy furniture from the room.

The 35-year-old, who works at Auntie Anne’s Bakery and is currently on furlough, said she first complained about the problem to Tun Tum Housing Association a year ago.

Hayley, who has lived in the house since 2013, said her sons have had to move out of the damp room on the third floor of the property, Nottingham Live report.

She said: “There are six of us in this house and currently all my kids are sleeping in my room.

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Her family are sleeping in one bedroom due to a damp problem
(Image: Hayley Birtley)

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“It absolutely stinks in the upstairs room where my 10-year-old and eight-year-old sleep and one of them has sinus issues. My daughters’ room stinks too so they can’t go in there.

“I’ve had to throw everything away that they’ve had since they were babies, including their beds, because everything has gone mouldy.

“I want Tun Tum to see the appalling state I’ve been left to live in. It is disgusting.”

Hayley, who also suffers from asthma, said that after the lockdown ended she “pestered” Tun Tum with emails.

She said she was given two extractor fans to put in the bedroom.

Hayley said she feels the situation is unfair on her children Emini, 16, Monika, 13, Matteo, 10, Fabio, eight, and Lucia, three.

Hayley Birtley, 35, pictured outside her home
(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

She added: “I can’t live like this. It started off as a tiny bit of damp in the corner when I first reported it.

“I can’t stay like this, I don’t know what to do. Why should we have to sleep like this?

“My kids just want their own space when they come home from school. They’ve got nothing in their bedrooms now because it has all been thrown away.

“It isn’t good enough, I am fuming.”

Hayley added that she has contacted Environmental Health about the issue.

A spokesperson for Tun Tum Housing Association said: "Tuntum Housing Association deeply regrets the inconvenience caused by the condensation and damp at the home of Mrs Birtley.

"The property was inspected in December 2019 and a specialist report was requested which was issued in February 2020 but unfortunately due to the lockdown the action recommended as a result of that technical report was suspended in March 2020 as it was deemed not to be an emergency at the time.

The mould in one of the bedrooms
(Image: Hayley Birtley)

Furniture has been destroyed
(Image: Hayley Birtley)

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"An order was then raised on the 15 July 2020 with an external contactor, however, we were advised that access was not being obtained and as a result we decided to bring the job in house and two new extractor fans were later fitted.

"Following a further inspection in October 2020 we accepted that this repair was insufficient and we have placed an order for a new roof and some repairs to the external brickwork, now required as a result of the additional damage caused by the delay during the lockdown.

"We will also make good any damage caused internally by the condensation and damp including decorating the room concerned.

"We are dealing with Mrs Birtley’s complaint in keeping with our policy and where appropriate we will provide suitable compensation for all the hardship caused.

"We are keeping Mrs Birtley fully informed of the various actions we are taking."

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