A mum says one of her three daughters is too scared to sleep in her own room because slugs and spiders get in. Ms Johnson wanted to give her family a fresh start, but instead she has faced a two-year battle living in unpleasant conditions in her council home.
Miss Johnson, of South Cave, a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, said that huge gaps in her front and patio doors let the wind and rain in. She has faced freezing conditions over winter, leaving her arthritic hands blue, reports HullLive.
It got so bad that Ms Johnson sought court action against her council, having told them of the problems. The council was set a deadline of 56 working days to fix the repairs, ending on April 30, but work has still not started.
The mum-of-three’s home has also got a faulty roof, problems with the chimney, cracked bricks and damp outside and inside the property – none of which have been fixed.
Miss Johnson said: “My youngest daughter has her bedroom downstairs and the problem with the doors means she’s too afraid to sleep in her own room. Because of the gaps, we’ve had a slug infestation in our living room, with a lot of huge spiders entering too, which terrifies her. The doors don’t keep the rain out and our carpet gets absolutely soaked when it’s bad weather, which we were told is normal.
“My daughter’s room was full of damp and I financed the repairs myself because the council were taking too long. It is a rented property so it should not fall on me to take all of this work on. My daughter has been sleeping in my room instead.”
Speaking on the lowest points in the past two years, she continued: “Winter was an absolute nightmare and it was freezing. I wrapped myself in several layers, socks and had a blanket over me while I waited for my daughter to come home from school because I couldn’t afford to have the heating on all the time.
“I have arthritis and my hands went completely blue. This was all because we had a constant draught coming in through the doors. Through lockdown, nobody was allowed to come out to us, so we just had to live like this.”
Ms Johnson wants nothing more than to be able to decorate her house and make it into a real home, but she can’t until the repairs are complete. She said: “We moved here for a fresh start and to make it a nice and comfortable place to live, but it’s turned into an absolute nightmare. I want to be able to give the place a coat of paint but until the doors are water-tight, it will just get ruined.
“I’m disabled and suffer with bad anxiety so this has put me under a lot of mental stress. I feel like I’m just being ignored and dismissed and the work won’t be done to a good standard, if at all.”
All these claims were put to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. A spokesperson told Hull Live: “The council are aware of the concerns that Ms Johnson has regarding outstanding repair issues to the property. We are working with Ms Johnson to rectify any repairs issues that are considered necessary as quickly as possible.”
As the repairs have not been completed in the timeframe of 56 working days outlined by the court, Miss Johnson has reconvened with her solicitor to discuss her next steps. The council did not comment on the legal matters.