Mother fearful of daughter's health in mould-infested home (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Treena Wells criticises housing charity East Thames over poor conditions
A mother claims a housing charity has put her family’s health at risk after placing them in a home infested with mould.
Treena Wells says there are mushrooms growing in the bathroom of the house in Grange Park Road, Leyton, which is owned by East Thames.
The 39-year-old said she and her five-year-old daughter, Charlie, who both suffer from asthma, have had to endure widespread damp, mildew and mould since moving into the property in 2010.
East Thames, a charity whose mission statement is “to make a positive and lasting contribution”, says investigations into the cause of the problems have been inconclusive.
“I’m just fed up with it,” said Mrs Wells, whose husband also lives in the property.
“My daughter is always ill, I worry about her, her schooling has gone downhill and there’s been two letters home because she’s missing so much time at school.
“My blue carpet went black and damp has come through my bedroom and bathroom.
“A neighbour who’s lived upstairs for 38 years said they’ve moved two people out of the same property for the same reasons and one later died from lung problems.”
Mrs Wells contracted pneumonia while living at a previous property and fears the condition could return.
An East Thames spokeswoman said a damp specialist and a council environmental health officer would visit her the property this week.
“We can then put in place a programme of works to deal with the problem,” she added.
“We would like to apologise to Ms Wells for the distress caused by the mould and assure her that once we have the results we will act upon them as quickly as possible.”