Home plagued by mould and damp

Cody Addison and her son Michael Wilson and partner Michael Wilson in their Leazes Rise home.
Cody Addison and her son Michael Wilson and partner Michael Wilson in their Leazes Rise home.

A YOUNG mum says she wants to be rehoused after experiencing “problem after problem” with her rented home – including claiming worms are coming through a hole near a window.

Cody Addison, 21, says her home is plagued with damp and the walls and many of her’s and her two-year-old son Michael’s belongings, including Michael’s babywalker are covered in “fluffy mould”.

She says her bedroom and front room are wet with damp, and in the past few weeks she has had two worms entering her home via a hole under the windowsill.

East Durham Homes (EDH), which manages the property, has arranged for a joiner to seal the window hole today and are working to address the other issues.

Full-time mum Cody, whose partner is Michael Wilson, also 21, and who has lived in Leazes Rise, Peterlee, for nine months, said: “It’s just problem after problem.

“There are worms coming in through the windowsill and the only place we haven’t got damp is the kitchen and the baby’s bedroom.

“My son seems to have a snotty nose all the time and my partner has asthma, it’s a health issue.”

EDH staff have visited the property, but Cody says she is not happy with the house and wants to move.

An EDH spokeswoman said: “Ms Addison reported concerns with dampness in the property on November 28, 2013.

“We visited and identified some work in the living room on December 4. This work has been arranged the customer and will be completed on or by January 21.

“Following a further inquiry, we visited the property again on January 2 and there was evidence of condensation in various parts of the property. We advised Ms Addison about measures she can take to reduce the level of condensation in the property.

“Ms Addison also pointed out a gap at the base of the ground floor window and we have arranged for a joiner to visit and fill any gaps on January 9.

“Ms Addison has also advised us she would like to move to another property and has submitted an application to us on November 30 through our Durham Key Options lettings system.

“We would be happy to speak to Ms Addison to discuss her housing options.”