Single mum’s plea after mould forced family to sleep on living room floor

A single mum and her three kids have been forced to sleep in their living room due to a mould infestation.

For the past seven years Lisa Dyer has been living in the flat in Wayside, Hertfordshire with her children Angel, 9, Skylar, 2, and Zara, ten-months-old.

Recently serious problems that have plagued the home since they moved in have got much worse, including mould which now covers the walls, Hertfordshire Mercury reported.

Lisa said: "Even when I moved into the flat seven-years-ago, there was mould all over the walls.

"It was easier back then and I just used to wash it off and carry on.

"It seems ever since I moved here the place has been falling behind me, mould is growing, the wallpaper is coming off, the kitchen cupboards are coming off."

The problems began to get much worse last year and have now pushed Lisa to the point where she is desperate to move out.


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"I can't live in this place anymore," the mum said.

"I've had numerous people come out to clear the mould and a man even came over to clear it and he literally told me 'you can't live in a place like this, you need to get your children out of here'.

"There's been so many times when I've wanted to end my life but I wouldn't do that to my kids. I'm a very strong person and it takes a lot to break me.

"I don't know what else to do, I'm a single mother with three kids and the whole place, it's completely and utterly awful."

Lisa claims that her health and that of her children's has been impacted by the problems with the flat.

She added: "A few years ago I was diagnosed with asthma because of the mould and damp and now my daughter has also been diagnosed with it.

"Just this morning she woke up and said she can't breathe, I don't know what to do. My other little girl also isn't sleeping anymore.


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"I've had three asthma attacks recently and I was in hospital just three or four weeks ago.

"I've gone to the housing association multiple times but they won't do anything. I just want them to come and see this for themselves and see what it's like. That's all I want.

"I've sent them all the pictures and my doctors notes but they just don't care.

"We can't live here anymore but I'm stuck here and it's a horrible place. I'm at my breaking point."

The problems have now gotten to the point that Lisa and her kids are sleeping on the floor in the living room.

They have asked family members if they can stay because the flat is negatively affecting their health so much, with some of them now taking medication for asthma.

A spokesperson for housing association Catalyst said: "Providing our customers with a safe and comfortable home is our priority.

"We’ve spoken to Miss Dyer on Friday, January 10, 2020, and have arranged for and her family to move into a hotel as a temporary solution while we carry out further investigations.

"We are sorry for the distress caused to Miss Dyer, and we’re working to fix the issues with her home as quickly as possible."

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