Inside the musty council flat that is ‘JOB Birmingham’

A DESPERATE resident has been forced to live in a musty council flat billed as “the worst in Birmingham.”

The NHS worker, 44, who lives with her disabled mother, 74, said the “hell hole” two-bed house had mold growing on the walls, ceiling and door of each room.

Residents say the worst apartment in Birmingham


Residents say the worst apartment in BirminghamCredit: BPM
She says mold is growing in every room in the house


She says mold is growing in every room in the houseCredit: BPM
The house has been repainted but the problem persists


The house has been repainted but the problem persistsCredit: BPM

The 44-year-old said the uninhabitable condition at Kings Heath has deteriorated over the past five years and that although the house has been repainted, the problem persists.

She told Birmingham Live: “Our council flats have to be in one of the worst states in Birmingham.

“I feel extremely let down in front of the council. I can’t cope anymore, my anxiety is piercing the roof and I’m not sleeping. We need to be touched. We’ve endured this long enough. .”

The NHS worker lives with her blind mother, who suffered a stroke last year.

Both are blamed for the damp conditions in the apartment due to poor ventilation when cooking and drying clothes, according to a contractor’s report commissioned by the council last year.

She added: “Worse, we were blamed for the damp in our cooking and dry cleaning, but we kept the windows open.

“Obviously there was no water penetration through the walls (in the report.) We were told it had to be us as there is no apartment like this in the block.

“A lot of them (apartments) are now privately owned with work being done on them. But ours is council property and nobody cares.

“It can’t be repaired. Rinsing or painting the mold won’t make a difference as it will just keep growing again.

“My mother is very vulnerable and I have asthma. I feel we deserve some kind of apology from the council. They are rude. No one listens to me.

“The housing agent doesn’t even take my calls anymore.”

A council spokesman told the outlet: “We regret the poor living conditions caused by mold on this tenant’s property.

“Birmingham City Council has been in regular contact with tenants regarding these issues, most recently just before Christmas when a full survey was conducted.

“That day the necessary work was put in place for the contractor to start work, but the tenant was not satisfied with the inspection results so the work could not start.

“We remain committed to treating all mold in the property and will begin work as soon as the tenant is satisfied.

“We also gave them advice on how they can limit mold in assets and discussed reusing them in line with our attribution policies.”

The doors are also moldy


The doors are also moldyCredit: BPM
The woman said the problem had gotten worse over the years


The woman said the problem had gotten worse over the yearsCredit: BPM
Gemma Rice and her four young daughters are forced to live in a moldy apartment in Thurrock, Essex Inside the musty council flat that is ‘JOB Birmingham’

Bobby Allyn

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