Ajaib Mussa, 27, has been living in a flat which she describes as 'hell' for six years

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Ajaib Mussa in her bathroom Ajaib Mussa in her bathroom

A woman’s persistent health problems are being caused by the poor condition of her council home, doctors have said.

Ajaib Mussa, 27, has undergone eye surgery for infections, suffered respiratory problems and fungal infections of the skin since moving into a flat managed by Ascham Homes in The Drive, Walthamstow, six years ago.

The walls of the flat are covered in black mould caused by damp, which has spread to curtains, bedding and clothes.

Miss Mussa claims Ascham Homes workers have repeatedly visited the property, but failed to solve the problem.

She said: “I am so tired. Every time they come out and then a few months later the damp is back.

“I have begged them to move me.

“I can’t breathe in here. I can’t have people come here because of the smell I am so ashamed.

“My eyes are constantly itching and my nose.”

Two letters have been sent by doctors to Ascham Homes confirming their belief that Miss Mussa’s health problems are caused by sub-standard living conditions.

Dr I Sinha, of the Wood Street Health Centre, “strongly advised” that the patient is moved, a sentiment echoed by Dr R.P. Dhital, of the same surgery.

Ascham Homes has been contacted for comment.

Comments (17)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:35pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Malcolm Shykles says...

"The walls of the flat are covered in black mould caused by damp, which has spread to curtains, bedding and clothes."

This is a ventilation problem.
"The walls of the flat are covered in black mould caused by damp, which has spread to curtains, bedding and clothes." This is a ventilation problem. Malcolm Shykles
  • Score: 29

5:53pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Lack of ventilation and condensation, simple as that. Asham have probably told her as well.
Lack of ventilation and condensation, simple as that. Asham have probably told her as well. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 22

7:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

cynicalsue says...

Open. Your. Windows.
Open. Your. Windows. cynicalsue
  • Score: 24

7:14am Fri 20 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Shykes / Cranbelly / Cornbeefur read the article again you don't know what you're on about.
Shykes / Cranbelly / Cornbeefur read the article again you don't know what you're on about. stickmanny
  • Score: -16

8:48am Fri 20 Jun 14

shelly40 says...

It is usually caused by condensation, people drying their clothes in the house on radiators is a prime culprit. Ventalation is what is needed the windows need to be opened everyday for a while. A good mould and mildew remover brought from any supermarket will get rid of it for upto three months which is probably what Ascham homes is doing for her but she needs to help herself and do it herself and stop using it as an excuse to get rehoused. Before any of you comment that i do not know what i am talking about i lived in the same flats on the drive had the same problems but keep it away myself by cleaning it as it returned and not leaving it to get worst.
It is usually caused by condensation, people drying their clothes in the house on radiators is a prime culprit. Ventalation is what is needed the windows need to be opened everyday for a while. A good mould and mildew remover brought from any supermarket will get rid of it for upto three months which is probably what Ascham homes is doing for her but she needs to help herself and do it herself and stop using it as an excuse to get rehoused. Before any of you comment that i do not know what i am talking about i lived in the same flats on the drive had the same problems but keep it away myself by cleaning it as it returned and not leaving it to get worst. shelly40
  • Score: 17

11:45am Fri 20 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

cynicalsue wrote:
Open. Your. Windows.
Open. Your. Windows. In. December. See. How. You. Like. It.

Good for you Shelly but the mould should not be there in the first place. Any home liable to condensation should have high powered extractor fans fitted in the kitchen and bathroom, air bricks, trickle vents on the windows and preferably a tumble dryer with an external vent.

If Ascham have done all this then we might wonder about the occupant's behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: Open. Your. Windows.[/p][/quote]Open. Your. Windows. In. December. See. How. You. Like. It. Good for you Shelly but the mould should not be there in the first place. Any home liable to condensation should have high powered extractor fans fitted in the kitchen and bathroom, air bricks, trickle vents on the windows and preferably a tumble dryer with an external vent. If Ascham have done all this then we might wonder about the occupant's behaviour. stickmanny
  • Score: 3

11:59am Fri 20 Jun 14

cynicalsue says...

stickmanny wrote:
cynicalsue wrote:
Open. Your. Windows.
Open. Your. Windows. In. December. See. How. You. Like. It.

Good for you Shelly but the mould should not be there in the first place. Any home liable to condensation should have high powered extractor fans fitted in the kitchen and bathroom, air bricks, trickle vents on the windows and preferably a tumble dryer with an external vent.

If Ascham have done all this then we might wonder about the occupant's behaviour.
Yes, we do open our windows in December, January and February. No one is saying keep them open all day - 20 minutes is enough especially if you have washing drying in the house/flat. Common sense.
I am sure Ascham Homes is trying to help but she needs to start helping herself too instead of moaning.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: Open. Your. Windows.[/p][/quote]Open. Your. Windows. In. December. See. How. You. Like. It. Good for you Shelly but the mould should not be there in the first place. Any home liable to condensation should have high powered extractor fans fitted in the kitchen and bathroom, air bricks, trickle vents on the windows and preferably a tumble dryer with an external vent. If Ascham have done all this then we might wonder about the occupant's behaviour.[/p][/quote]Yes, we do open our windows in December, January and February. No one is saying keep them open all day - 20 minutes is enough especially if you have washing drying in the house/flat. Common sense. I am sure Ascham Homes is trying to help but she needs to start helping herself too instead of moaning. cynicalsue
  • Score: 5

12:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
Shykes / Cranbelly / Cornbeefur read the article again you don't know what you're on about.
You seem to be the only person in the wilderness as usual.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Shykes / Cranbelly / Cornbeefur read the article again you don't know what you're on about.[/p][/quote]You seem to be the only person in the wilderness as usual. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Fri 20 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

20 minutes is not enough, certainly in a property that doesn't have effective ventilation anyway. Not only that you end up wasting money heating the place up again.

Oh and I thought you quite liked moaning? :-)
20 minutes is not enough, certainly in a property that doesn't have effective ventilation anyway. Not only that you end up wasting money heating the place up again. Oh and I thought you quite liked moaning? :-) stickmanny
  • Score: -1

3:30pm Fri 20 Jun 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

Working in the construction industry I see this problem regularly and I agree with Shelly, Malcolm, etc.

There are three main causes of condensation, too much moisture in your home, not enough ventilation and cool temperatures.

You can ventilate most homes If you open a small window at one end and a small one at the other end or upstairs for 30 minutes a day. Other things you can easily do to reduce moisture are:-

Use a cooker hood when cooking
Keep the bathroom and kitchen doors closed to stop moisture spreading around the house
Open a window or vent when washing up
Keep the lids on pans when cooking
Only use the minimum amount of water for cooking vegetables
Don’t put washing on radiators or in front of a radiant heater
When filling your bath, run the cold water first then add the hot water – this will reduce the steam, which leads to condensation, by 90%.

I'm fairly sure Ascham Homes would have gone through all this with the tenant so if she's not helping herself then why should she be rehoused?
Working in the construction industry I see this problem regularly and I agree with Shelly, Malcolm, etc. There are three main causes of condensation, too much moisture in your home, not enough ventilation and cool temperatures. You can ventilate most homes If you open a small window at one end and a small one at the other end or upstairs for 30 minutes a day. Other things you can easily do to reduce moisture are:- Use a cooker hood when cooking Keep the bathroom and kitchen doors closed to stop moisture spreading around the house Open a window or vent when washing up Keep the lids on pans when cooking Only use the minimum amount of water for cooking vegetables Don’t put washing on radiators or in front of a radiant heater When filling your bath, run the cold water first then add the hot water – this will reduce the steam, which leads to condensation, by 90%. I'm fairly sure Ascham Homes would have gone through all this with the tenant so if she's not helping herself then why should she be rehoused? VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 9

9:48pm Fri 20 Jun 14

myopinioncounts says...

If this woman was living in a 3 bed HOUSE she would not be making these complaints. A ploy to be rehoused in bigger ccommodation no doubt.
No mention of children so why is she entitled to social housing anyway?
If this woman was living in a 3 bed HOUSE she would not be making these complaints. A ploy to be rehoused in bigger ccommodation no doubt. No mention of children so why is she entitled to social housing anyway? myopinioncounts
  • Score: 7

10:02pm Fri 20 Jun 14

myopinioncounts says...

Further more, a friend rented out her home via a housing association. Within months the tenant was complaining of mould, a problem my friend had not experienced in the 12 years she had lived there. Lack of ventilation while cooking and drying clothes indoors were the main culprits.
I use an electric dehumidifier when I dry washing indoors and when the tank is emptied it can contain as much as two pints of water extracted from just a couple of machine loads.
Further more, a friend rented out her home via a housing association. Within months the tenant was complaining of mould, a problem my friend had not experienced in the 12 years she had lived there. Lack of ventilation while cooking and drying clothes indoors were the main culprits. I use an electric dehumidifier when I dry washing indoors and when the tank is emptied it can contain as much as two pints of water extracted from just a couple of machine loads. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 5

11:07pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
Further more, a friend rented out her home via a housing association. Within months the tenant was complaining of mould, a problem my friend had not experienced in the 12 years she had lived there. Lack of ventilation while cooking and drying clothes indoors were the main culprits.
I use an electric dehumidifier when I dry washing indoors and when the tank is emptied it can contain as much as two pints of water extracted from just a couple of machine loads.
Similar cases crop up as news reports often on here and all generally the same cause is lack of ventilation as the water has to go somewhere.

As you say, it is a ploy to get a larger property and they more or less go through a rigmarole of getting their act in place, GP letters and so on. Ashams homes are well wished up these days of course.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: Further more, a friend rented out her home via a housing association. Within months the tenant was complaining of mould, a problem my friend had not experienced in the 12 years she had lived there. Lack of ventilation while cooking and drying clothes indoors were the main culprits. I use an electric dehumidifier when I dry washing indoors and when the tank is emptied it can contain as much as two pints of water extracted from just a couple of machine loads.[/p][/quote]Similar cases crop up as news reports often on here and all generally the same cause is lack of ventilation as the water has to go somewhere. As you say, it is a ploy to get a larger property and they more or less go through a rigmarole of getting their act in place, GP letters and so on. Ashams homes are well wished up these days of course. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

6:27am Sat 21 Jun 14

faro0485 says...

I don't know if most of the comments here are by Ascham homes troll or genuine. I'd assume trolls.
I don't know if most of the comments here are by Ascham homes troll or genuine. I'd assume trolls. faro0485
  • Score: -9

4:11pm Sun 22 Jun 14

cynicalsue says...

faro0485 wrote:
I don't know if most of the comments here are by Ascham homes troll or genuine. I'd assume trolls.
Hello faro0485

Are you one of the GP's? Perhaps you'd like to sign a letter for me too? I'd like a bigger house.
[quote][p][bold]faro0485[/bold] wrote: I don't know if most of the comments here are by Ascham homes troll or genuine. I'd assume trolls.[/p][/quote]Hello faro0485 Are you one of the GP's? Perhaps you'd like to sign a letter for me too? I'd like a bigger house. cynicalsue
  • Score: 3

9:07pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

'I can't breathe, I can't let anyone in because of the smell'

Open the windows!!!!!!
'I can't breathe, I can't let anyone in because of the smell' Open the windows!!!!!! Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

7:18pm Tue 24 Jun 14

DaveInTheForest says...

stickmanny wrote:
20 minutes is not enough, certainly in a property that doesn't have effective ventilation anyway. Not only that you end up wasting money heating the place up again.

Oh and I thought you quite liked moaning? :-)
tool
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: 20 minutes is not enough, certainly in a property that doesn't have effective ventilation anyway. Not only that you end up wasting money heating the place up again. Oh and I thought you quite liked moaning? :-)[/p][/quote]tool DaveInTheForest
  • Score: -4

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree