A Scarborough family of four has spent the festive season cramped in one bedroom as severe mould poses a health hazard to their children.
Sanctuary Housing residents Cheryl Mann and partner Nick Brook have been battling black mould in their Colescliffe Road home since April last year.
However the extent of damp in the house reached such an extent earlier in December that water started running down the walls in their young daughters’ bedroom.
The girls, aged three and four, had spent months suffering from chesty coughs, and after advice from a health visitor moved into their parents’ room.
As a result Miss Mann and Mr Brook have been sleeping on the floor since December 14 while trying to get Sanctuary Housing to fix the damp problems.
Asthma sufferer Miss Mann said: “We have had problems since April and it has been gradually getting worse. Then on December 14 water actually started running down the walls.
“We had mould downstairs earlier in the year. Engineers sorted that but then it started in the children’s bedroom.
“We have tried ourselves to sort it and have redecorated, but the problem is structural.
“We have had two mould specialists out but when I ring Sanctuary Housing to chase up the results of their visit I get told their reports have been lost.
“I’m getting nowhere, I’m getting sick of it.”
A spokesperson for Sanctuary said: “Engineers made improvements to the roof and gutters of the family’s home late last year as an extra precaution against rainwater penetration, and further work to prevent condensation in the property by sealing the brickwork around the front door is scheduled for January 11.
“With the recent wet weather there are things that householders can do to help prevent condensation in the home, such as ensuring that air is able to circulate in the kitchen or bathroom, particularly after taking a shower, and avoid hanging wet clothing to dry on radiators where the moisture is likely to be trapped in the room.”