A GRANDMOTHER has been forced to sleep in her living room for weeks because of mould.
Glo Beasley, of Tozer Way, Chichester, moved into a Hyde group house in July, 2011. Speaking about the state of her bedroom, she said: “I feel like I am in bedsit land.”
She got in touch with the Observer after reading the stories of other Hyde tenants with similar problems.
Glo first noticed mould in her bedroom in February, 2012.
“The inspector came out and said ‘stop hanging washing’,” said the 63-year-old. “I wouldn’t even dream of hanging washing in there because I am asthmatic.”
She said the inspector also told her to keep the heating on, but that only made the problem worse.
At the end of last year, her daughter was helping her in the house when she noticed the mould had spread – destroying hundreds of pounds worth of furniture, linen and clothing.
“It was all brand-new furniture when I moved here,” she said.
Glo has severe asthma and allergies as well as arthritis.
She said the stress of dealing with the damp and having to ‘live out of a suitcase’ had led to her being prescribed sleeping tablets by her doctor. She is also worried about the health implications for her family, who act as her part-time carers.
“My grand-daughter comes down at weekends and she is asthmatic,” she said.
“Every time she comes down she is forever using her inhalers.”
Glo said several of her neighbours had suffered similar problems with damp.
“It is absolutely dreadful and it is not an isolated problem,” she said. “You try and get together and they still don’t take any notice of you – they say you have got to make an individual complaint so I have done that and it hasn’t worked.”
At the end of the month, workers are scheduled to go into Glo’s home to put up boarding. However, she is worried it will not solve the underlying problem and the mould will simply reappear in another place.
Hyde failed to provide a comment before the Observer went to press.