Mum and son forced out of home due to mouldBy Laura McCardle
October 30, 2012
A mum and her young son are being forced to sleep on a friend’s sofa after their Katesgrove home was deemed unfit for them to live in because of damp and mould.
Megan Henry says she has been unable to live in her Whitley Street house for a few months because the Manchester-based Landwood Group, which manages the property, has not done anything about the problem, despite her reporting it on numerous occasions.
The 22-year-old moved in in September last year, and started to notice damp and mould patches in August.
At around the same time, her one-year-old son Kiaan was taken into hospital and diagnosed with bronchial asthma.
Miss Henry says she has called the Landwood Group, which took over the running of the house from RNR Properties in August, several times to tell it about the problems and keeps being told someone will ring her back, but she is still waiting.
She said: “They have classified it as unfit to live in but they haven’t done anything about the issue.
“It’s been two months now – it’s not even that, it’s the way they talk on the phone. They are so rude and so unhelpful. The way they spoke to me, it’s like I’ve caused the problem.”
Miss Henry and Kiaan are now having to rely on friends to put them up until they are able to return to the house.
Director of Landwood Group, Richard Parkinson, told getreading that the company took over the management of around 600 properties in August and was working through ‘a lot of historical issues that were there when we took over’.
He said: “We’re taking action to deal with the issues. We don’t wish people to live in places that are damp.
“We are happy to help. We’re here to get these matters sorted out.”