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Mother-of-one Heather Mabbott has complained about mould in her flat in Pinkerton Road, South Ham, Basingstoke
A YOUNG mother has hit out after battling to get a mould problem tackled in her Basingstoke flat.
Heather Mabbott said the mould in her studio flat, in Pinkerton Road, South Ham, has caused her daughter breathing problems and her partner has had to sleep on the floor, away from the affected area.
The 23-year-old has lived in the Sovereign Kingfisher property since 2010, and shares it with her partner Ruben Gook, 22, and her nine-month-old daughter Eliana.
Miss Mabbott, who works part-time at JJ’s Play, in Morse Road, said mould had spread on one wall, the flat’s bedroom/lounge, and can also be found in the bathroom.
She said she has tried cleaning the mould and covering it with paint, but it keeps coming back.
Miss Mabbott said: “We are fed up with living here. We cannot keep the flat well-ventilated with three people in it. I have to close the windows if I’m out all day.”
Engineers from the housing association cleared up the mould on their last visit, but Miss Mabbott said it is likely to come back as they found an air vent that was letting water in to the flat.
Roy Probert, public relations manager for Sovereign Kingfisher, said Miss Mabbott should contact Basingstoke and Deane Council to be considered for a larger property through the choice-based lettings bidding system.
He added: “Our repairs and maintenance teams have washed down the walls to remove the mould and the missing roof vent cap will be replaced on Monday.
“Once that is done, we will treat the walls with mould inhibitor and repaint. In the meantime, our surveyor has given the family advice on the various steps they can take to reduce moisture in the flat.”