A family of eight ‘stressed’ and ‘dry’ living in a two-bed ‘molded horror flat’

A family of eight is living in a two-bedroom flat, which the mother says is making them ‘stressed’ and ‘dry’. Ms. Laima moved into the flat 17 years ago when she had just one child, but now her family has grown and the 37-year-old and her partner now have five more children.

The mother, who asked to be known as Ms. Laima, lives in Hackney London. His flat is part of the Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association. “We’re overcrowded – we shouldn’t live like this,” said the mother of six Mylandan.

“My partner and I sleep with my two-year-old and my four-year-old, and then in the same room I put my six-year-old in the cot he is growing up in. And then in the next bedroom, I’ve found my 18-year-old and my nine-year-old sleeping on the bottom bunk and my 10-year-old sleeping on the top bunk.”

Apart from overcrowding, Ms. Laima also claims that the flat is in normal condition. She claims that the front door lock is broken due to rust – an issue she claims Metropolitan has yet to resolve. “We’ve told the metropolitan that the door is actually a fire hazard, so if we need to get out, we can’t,” Ms Laima said.

Additionally, Ms. Laima also claims there are significant moisture and mold issues that recur throughout the flat. She said it is “impossible” to address these issues, as the flat’s two windows do not open, making it difficult to access fresh air.

Ms. Lima and her children

Ms Laima said: “I think [Metropolitan] Just ignoring me. I’m stuck in this position until now, until I have to complain after complaint. I don’t want compensation, I want them to fix the work in the flat. We shouldn’t be the way we are – why do things take months and months to heal?”

In an effort to escape from her current wealth, Ms. Laima is finding a new home with more space through the Hackney Choice Lettings plan. According to the Hackney Council website, the plan “allows applicants on the housing waiting/transfer list to have more control over where they live. You can apply for advertised properties instead of waiting for a home to be allotted.” “

Ms. Laima claims that she has been using this system for some time, but to no avail. “With Hackney Council for the past three weeks, no assets have come up on their system, so I have not been able to bid,” she said. “It’s a nightmare. I feel like my voice is nowhere to be heard, like I’m banging my head against a brick wall, whether it’s through Hackney Council or Metropolitan.

The mother of six also claims that when properties have become available on the system, she has been placed in a queue behind hundreds of others who are looking for a home. Ms Laima expressed her views that the “difficult” living conditions have had a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of her family.

“We’re not living in a third world country, we’re in Hackney. My kids don’t have space to do their jobs from school, they don’t have a place to spend time and play, because there are too many of them.” .

“My 18 year old, she is rarely at home. She doesn’t study at home, so some weekends she stays at her friend’s place due to lack of space. It’s almost every weekend. She’s always out “She just knows the situation is the same and we’re stuck here until we move. It’s a hopeless situation. I don’t know where to turn now.”

Mother Claims There Are Persistent Mold Issues
Mother claims there are persistent mold issues

Ms. Laima suffers from asthma like her two children. He claims that persistent mold and moisture issues in the flat have aggravated his condition, and that even his children have been hospitalized due to these health concerns.

“I’m very stressed and drained,” she said. “You talk to all these professionals, but it’s like no one is listening. There are so many people in my position, but I can only speak for my family and how we’re living, and I’m honestly I think we shouldn’t live like this. If there’s light at the end of the tunnel, I’m just waiting to see that light.”

A Hackney Council spokesperson said: “We would certainly love to provide every family with a suitable, permanent home, and we are well aware of the difficulties facing Ms Laima and the 8,500 other families on our housing waiting list.

“Despite being a leader in delivering a new generation of council homes in Hackney, our waiting list includes approximately 2,500 homes in need of a 1-bed home, 3,000 in need of a 2-bed, 2,400 in need of a 3-bed and 600 needs 4 beds / 5 beds.

“Last year only 409 homes became available, of which only seven were 4 bedrooms or larger, which is what Ms. Laima wants. The estimated waiting time for a 4-bedroom home is 13 years.

“There are many other options available to residents, including a mutual exchange scheme, which enables individuals to apply to exchange properties with other council tenants in Hackney – or other council, housing – in London and across the country. association, or other housing providers. All available options can be found on our website. If Ms. Laima contacts our Housing Advice service we can arrange an appointment with her to learn more about these options “

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Thames Valley said: “Perfectly, Ms. Laima hopes her family will be able to live in comfortable conditions. We are sympathetic to the issues they are facing and work to fix them.” However, we apologize that this has not been achieved yet. We have been in discussions with Ms. Laima for several weeks to arrange for damp and mold treatment. However, at her request we are the first to address those windows which are to be fitted by early July.

“We have been liaising with contractors since last month to take up the necessary work to fix the front door lock. This is due to be completed in the coming days and we will arrange a suitable time for this with Ms. Laima.

“For some time, we have advised Ms. Laima to apply for an internal housing transfer to an alternative MTVH property. We are certainly pleased to support her, if she wishes to pursue this. In the meantime “We will continue to coordinate with Ms. Laima to complete the necessary work, which will help her and her family live more comfortably.”

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