A young mum says she has been forced to throw away her son’s mouldy clothes after moving into a damp council house
A mum has said her son’s bedroom is so damp that the clothes in his wardrobe are starting to go mouldy.
Lucie Crozier, 22, moved into the two-bedroom council house in Gateshead with partner Ryan Cramb, 33, and her three-year-old son, Carter in March this year, reports Chronicle Live.
But the family quickly noticed their new home in Dale View Gardens has a damp problem, which left Carter’s clothes covered in mould, with some having to be thrown away.
The young mum also claimed Carter is even becoming ill with a chest problem as a result of his bedroom being the worst affected in the house.
“The bad weather has made it worse,” she said.
“My little boy can’t sleep in his room, he can’t play in it or anything.
“He is sleeping with me and he has been poorly the last couple of days and I am sure it is to do with that.
“He was really poorly with bronchiolitis when he was little and now his chest is getting bad again because of all this damp.”
Lucie says there has also been a leak under the stairs since September which they believe is contributing to the problem.
They say the damp is also affecting the property’s second bedroom, as well as the bathroom, living room and hallway.
The full-time mum says she has reported the damp to Gateshead Council four times via their website but has not had a reply to her complaints.
“The clothes in his wardrobe have turned mouldy, I have had to chuck loads of clothes out,” she said.
“There is lots of moisture in his bedroom and the whole house.”
The family is worried the problem will get even worse as the weather turns colder this winter and wants Gateshead Council to rehouse them.
“With this cold weather, the house is just horrific,” Lucie added.
“I don’t want Carter to get any worse with his chest.
“I feel really let down by Gateshead Council, they have not even replied to me and I have reported it four times.”
A Gateshead Council spokesman said: “We’re sorry that this is taking longer to resolve than we would want it to.
“We have been prioritising emergency repairs and were therefore not able to visit customers’ homes for non-urgent repair reasons at the time Ms Crozier reported the issue.
“We have now arranged with Ms Crozier for a building surveyor to attend her home; we expect this to result in improvement works to the property, which will involve installing insulation to remedy the damp problem.”