A MOTHER talked about how she was “rotten” in her damp apartment, where mold grew like “moss” and everything was falling apart.
Nicola Brennan, 44, has lived in the ground floor residence in Archway, North London, for the past five years.
She says a layer of green and black mold started coating the walls three years ago and has now covered almost every inch of the two-bedroom apartment.
Despite constantly complaining to the Peabody Housing Association, the company that owns the property, the mother-of-two feels she is not being heard.
And now she is afraid that she will “rot” in the stuffy house.
“It’s not safe to be in there,” Nicola told Sun Online.
“I’m coughing and my head is spinning. We’ve decorated twice in the last 5 years and it’s been demolished – everything is falling apart.
“They said the land was 75% wet but maybe it’s up to 100% now because of mold.
“I feel like I’m not being heard. I feel like I’ve just been left to rot in this house. ”
To make matters worse this week, a leak from upstairs over a month old burst “like a waterfall” into Nicola’s apartment.
Her partner, Bobby Mehmet, said they had to fight “to the teeth and nails” to get a plumber and electrician to visit them and since then, all electricity and water have been turned off.
Meanwhile, all of their furniture has been damaged by mold or water.
Bobby, 33, explains: “All the walls are like green moss clinging to trees. The mold has become 3D. We felt like no one was helping.
“They told us they were going to come fix this leak but now it’s so serious it’s spilling into the kitchen, flooding the kids’ bedrooms, it’s ruining everything.”
Bobby and Nicola, whose daughters Madison, 14, and Sharna, 12, stayed with their grandmother during the week, have yet to tell the girls the extent of the damage.
And they worry about how teenager Madison, with autism, will cope.
Nicola explained: “When it leaked, she wasn’t allowed in her bedroom, so we had to take the plug out of the outlet and she had to stay in the living room.
“Because she couldn’t understand that she was really upset but now we haven’t told her how serious her bedroom is.
“Wallpaper gone, mold on the wall.
“It’s all hairy and when you walk in you can smell the damp. It stinks and it’s freezing cold in that bedroom.”
She added: “We were scared to let them see their toys. All her clothes and clothes were sentimental to her.”
Nicola, who suffers from PTSD and asthma, received a medical letter saying her health had “significantly deteriorated due to living in a severely damp home”.
And Bobby fears his partner “won’t be able to survive” in the extreme conditions.
Things are going underground – I don’t know how she’ll survive.
He said: “There was no heating, no electricity, and no water – she couldn’t even use the sink, all blocked by the flood.
“She can’t cook anything, everything is soaked in water – I don’t know how she’ll survive.”
Bobby and Nicola said the apartment started leaking on December 13.
They said they had repeatedly complained about it to Peabody and filed an urgent complaint on January 18.
Peabody Housing has sympathized with the situation and said it has provided alternative accommodation for Nicola while repairs are underway.
A spokesperson for the Peabody Housing Association said: “We know this is an uncomfortable situation for Nicola and regret the delay there has been in improving the condition of her home.
“When an emergency leak from the aforementioned apartment was reported to us yesterday, our team made an emergency visit to make sure the electricity was not damaged and to determine the cause.
“We know there are longer, more complex issues in Nicola’s home that we’ve been trying to solve for some time. We’ve provided Nicola with some temporary, alternative accommodation while we’re at it. We repaired and redecorated her home.”
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