Bosham family’s clothes and furniture ‘ruined’ by mould

Joe Redman outside his home where he has a skip filled with items from his house that he's had to through away due to his Hyde home having serious damp problems. Pic Steve Robards  SR1602216 SUS-160118-121038001
Joe Redman outside his home where he has a skip filled with items from his house that he's had to through away due to his Hyde home having serious damp problems. Pic Steve Robards SR1602216 SUS-160118-121038001

A father says the mould and damp in his Bosham home is affecting his family’s health.

Joe Redman claims some of the walls in his housing association-owned house feel wet and the odour of mould is ‘breathtaking’.

“I have now had to move my daughter out of her bedroom and in with my two boys as the mould and the damp smell has become so bad that it is affecting her Raynaud’s and respiratory,” said Mr Redman, who lives with his wife and three children in a Hyde property in Brooks Lane.

“The walls feel wet and the odour of the mould is breathtaking.

“We have had to throw pretty much everything out of her room as this issue has ruined clothes and furniture.

“I, myself, have suffered six-plus asthma attacks which have left me hospitalised each time in the last year since this issue has started.

“Every morning I wake up and I’m wheezing and finding it hard to breathe.

“It could be just a coincidence but prior to these recent asthma attacks, I had not had one in ten years.”

Mr Redman said his wife had contacted Hyde a number of times over the space of a year about the damp and mould issues in the bathroom and his daughter’s bedroom, and Hyde’s initial response was to send a brochure for fixing the problems themselves, along with a damp monitor.

He said the flat roof above his daughter’s room was leaking after not being correctly repaired.

Hyde sent someone out over the weekend to look at the issue and said further appointments had been made to fix the problem.

Ryan Collymore, head of responsive repairs at Hyde, said: “We are concerned that Mr Redman is unhappy at progress of repairs to his home and would reassure him of our commitment to resolve these issues as quickly as possible.

“Issues with damp in a home can be complicated and involve extensive investigation to ensure that they are properly dealt with.

“We visited the property this weekend and have further appointments to carry out the work required.

“We hope to complete repairs by the end of this week.”

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