Aspiring singer left to live in mouldy flat in Borehamwood

Heidi King

Heidi King

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A Borehamwood woman claims she has been left unwell and unable to pursue her dreams of being a professional singer after long-running problems with damp in her home.

Heidi King, who lives in a one-bedroom flat is on Ayot Path, said she feels “completely and utterly traumatised” by the mould, which has plagued her for more than a year.

Ms King had been forced to move out of the flat and live with her parents after suffering from health issues, which she claims are related to the damp.

She complains of overflowing drains, a horrible smell and feel of damp in the air, and of the lack of bath tiles, which were removed and not replaced because of the mould. 

Ms King, who suffers from costochondritis, a painful chest wall condition which makes breathing and sleeping difficult, said: “It’s completely and utterly traumatised me. It’s made me fall into depression. Because the pain is really bad I can’t breathe, then I can’t fall asleep, so it’s affecting my sleeping patterns.

“I wanted to be a singer, but the damp and my illness has ruined my lungs and meant I have had to put my career on hold.”

Officials from housing association Affinity Sutton have visited Ms King with a damp meter which confirmed damp, but only on an external wall.

She said the housing association had done nothing to fix the property and she felt she was being ignored, adding: “I want them to completely fix this property. The rendering needs doing and the tiles in the bathroom and they need to totally redo the sewers outside.”

An Affinity Sutton spokeswoman said the housing association was in communication with Ms King about the mould, which it blames on condensation.

The spokeswoman said: “While household mould is unfortunately a very common problem around this time of year, we of course, appreciate the inconvenience this will be causing Ms King and are working hard to try to help alleviate the issue.

“We can confirm that works have been arranged for the rendering of the rear wall of the building as well as a repair to a small section of the pipework. The replacing of Ms King’s tiles will be arranged for the same time to minimise inconvenience.

“Ms King is able to apply on line for a transfer to another property if she wishes and our allocations team would be more than happy to assist her with this if required.”

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10:41am Wed 12 Mar 14

david Burcombe says...

Movement in the right direction as members of the residents association are aware of this situation
Movement in the right direction as members of the residents association are aware of this situation david Burcombe
  • Score: 4

7:00pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Heidi King says...

I can assure everyone this is not due to Condensation in my flat. I know all about how to handle Condensation from past expereinces this is due to the damp wall outside and the dodgy drain.
I can assure everyone this is not due to Condensation in my flat. I know all about how to handle Condensation from past expereinces this is due to the damp wall outside and the dodgy drain. Heidi King
  • Score: 7

7:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

paul_marchant says...

I am a resident of Kendall COurt. Places for People have today told me the it is PErsonal living choices that cause damp in our flats. I would like to know who would choice to live in damp mold infested flats. I have all but given up of getting anywhere....

Why are housing associations allowed to get away with this. we also have green algee on some of the outside walls (outside) and have been told this is due the the removal of bushes last year and because we have trees..... REally.
I am a resident of Kendall COurt. Places for People have today told me the it is PErsonal living choices that cause damp in our flats. I would like to know who would choice to live in damp mold infested flats. I have all but given up of getting anywhere.... Why are housing associations allowed to get away with this. we also have green algee on some of the outside walls (outside) and have been told this is due the the removal of bushes last year and because we have trees..... REally. paul_marchant
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Thu 13 Mar 14

cxaxax says...

I moved into a flat not knowing it was covered in mold behind 4 layers of wall paper on all walls external and internal which meant we was living in 1 room for 2 months! Affinity Sutton done nothing about this and when they finally decided to 3 months later we had tried to sort the problem our self spending lost of money and this mold has now come back and as we sorted it ourselves last time they have said they will do nothing!
I moved into a flat not knowing it was covered in mold behind 4 layers of wall paper on all walls external and internal which meant we was living in 1 room for 2 months! Affinity Sutton done nothing about this and when they finally decided to 3 months later we had tried to sort the problem our self spending lost of money and this mold has now come back and as we sorted it ourselves last time they have said they will do nothing! cxaxax
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Heidi King says...

paul_marchant wrote:
I am a resident of Kendall COurt. Places for People have today told me the it is PErsonal living choices that cause damp in our flats. I would like to know who would choice to live in damp mold infested flats. I have all but given up of getting anywhere....

Why are housing associations allowed to get away with this. we also have green algee on some of the outside walls (outside) and have been told this is due the the removal of bushes last year and because we have trees..... REally.
I know I have been to one of those flats in Kendalls Court their tiny and look built on the very cheap its appauling. and for the trees and bushes your talking about what a load of crap I can see u dont have many bushes their no keep fighting go to the B times and then they might do a double page article about this. Next Tuesday there is a meeting at the Library at 12.00 pm called RAPs its all about housing associations and the problems with been having.
[quote][p][bold]paul_marchant[/bold] wrote: I am a resident of Kendall COurt. Places for People have today told me the it is PErsonal living choices that cause damp in our flats. I would like to know who would choice to live in damp mold infested flats. I have all but given up of getting anywhere.... Why are housing associations allowed to get away with this. we also have green algee on some of the outside walls (outside) and have been told this is due the the removal of bushes last year and because we have trees..... REally.[/p][/quote]I know I have been to one of those flats in Kendalls Court their tiny and look built on the very cheap its appauling. and for the trees and bushes your talking about what a load of crap I can see u dont have many bushes their no keep fighting go to the B times and then they might do a double page article about this. Next Tuesday there is a meeting at the Library at 12.00 pm called RAPs its all about housing associations and the problems with been having. Heidi King
  • Score: 2

7:10pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Heidi King says...

cxaxax wrote:
I moved into a flat not knowing it was covered in mold behind 4 layers of wall paper on all walls external and internal which meant we was living in 1 room for 2 months! Affinity Sutton done nothing about this and when they finally decided to 3 months later we had tried to sort the problem our self spending lost of money and this mold has now come back and as we sorted it ourselves last time they have said they will do nothing!
Are you the lady who has an article in the B Times from last weeks paper feel free to come aling to the RAPs meeting 18th March next Tuesday held at 96 down the Village its all about exposing the problems we are getting with CBS and them not turning up. and doing their jobs also we may be entitled to Compensation
[quote][p][bold]cxaxax[/bold] wrote: I moved into a flat not knowing it was covered in mold behind 4 layers of wall paper on all walls external and internal which meant we was living in 1 room for 2 months! Affinity Sutton done nothing about this and when they finally decided to 3 months later we had tried to sort the problem our self spending lost of money and this mold has now come back and as we sorted it ourselves last time they have said they will do nothing![/p][/quote]Are you the lady who has an article in the B Times from last weeks paper feel free to come aling to the RAPs meeting 18th March next Tuesday held at 96 down the Village its all about exposing the problems we are getting with CBS and them not turning up. and doing their jobs also we may be entitled to Compensation Heidi King
  • Score: 3

11:33pm Mon 17 Mar 14

matt-dye says...

My poor old mum had damp in her passageway for years. Every time she rang the coucil to tell them and to see if the could help her they just laughed at her. She was always washing her passage but it just came back.
My poor old mum had damp in her passageway for years. Every time she rang the coucil to tell them and to see if the could help her they just laughed at her. She was always washing her passage but it just came back. matt-dye
  • Score: 1

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