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A mouldy flat and alcoholic neighbours is daily life for this Bradford business owner

Mr Abdullah’s wife has experienced four miscarriages from living in the small, mouldy flat unable to move because they only have one child, says the business owner.

A man and his family are facing serious health conditions because of conditions in their home, which they claim Yorkshire housing are failing to act on.

Aram Abdullah has lived in a small one-bedroom flat in BD3 since 2008, with the addition of his wife Sabah, in 2013, and then their four-year-old child who was born in 2017.

The flat has not only become too small with the arrival of their little one, but it is covered in mould and has nuisance neighbours.

The is mould across the entire property.

Mr Abdullah migrated from Iraq to England, landing in Liverpool as an asylum seeker in 2000. Two years later, he moved to Bradford where he lived with friends in a shared property in BD8, before applying for a place of his own, which he was granted.

A small business owner, Mr Abdullah and his wife now face health problems because of the mould in the small property, something which he says Yorkshire Housing has failed to address.

The couple has requested to move properties with Yorkshire Housing due to the lack of space but has been denied the request multiple times because they only have one child, he says.

Mr Abdullah said: “We are in a very bad situation because of the damp and the overcrowding. There are problems in the kitchen and the bathroom. We keep trying to report it to Yorkshire Housing, but we haven’t heard anything back.”

Mr Abdullah’s wife, Sabah, has experienced four miscarriages because of the property, he says. “My wife has miscarried four times because of the problems with the flat. Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) have checked everything, and they couldn’t find any other reason for her to miscarry other than the flat.”

There is mould near the windows of the property.

As the family live on the top floor of the building, there are two other levels below them. The flat building is plagued by nuisance neighbours, mostly single people who are back and fore the block, loudly.  The flat building is not safe for families, says Mr Abdullah.

He said: “It is awful living in this property. There is no lift in the property which means my wife has to carry bags, things for the baby, and our child up three flights of stairs.

“The other tenants are alcoholics; they don’t care about others. They are out until two or three in the morning, if they can’t get into their property they will try and ring our flat through the buzzer on the gate.

“We have tried going to our local MP and the Council, but they keep saying as we only have one child, we are unable to get a different property.”

Mould and damp are caused by excess moisture. Moisture in buildings can be caused by leaking pipes, rising damp in basements or ground floors, or rain seeping in because of damage to the roof or around window frames.

There is mould in the bathroom.

Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks.

Asian Standard reached out to the housing association for a comment.

A Yorkshire Housing spokesperson said: “We wanted to put this right for the customer straight away. Unfortunately, we’ve found it difficult to get access to the customer’s home and the customer has refused to allow us in to treat the areas of damp and mould in the past. 

 

“In October this year we were made aware of a leak caused by a dishwasher that was incorrectly installed by the customer. We attended the same day and fixed the leak. 

 

A subsequent survey of the property has shown the areas of damp and mould have been caused by this leak and water ingress into the brickwork. We’ve also given the customer some advice to make sure bathrooms are properly ventilated. 

 

“We’ve kept in touch with the customer throughout and agreed with them to repair any areas affected by water damage, this includes installing new flooring. 

 

The mould extends to the ceiling of the flat.

“Contractors have started work at the customers home today (Wednesday 22nd December) to return their home to its previous condition. 

 

“Yorkshire Housing take reports of damp and mould very seriously and we’ve set up a dedicated damp and mould task force to deal with any issues faced by our customers. We’re sorry things have taken longer than we’d have liked on this occasion.  

 

“We’re also aware that the customer feels their current property no longer meets the needs of a growing family. We’ve explained their options to them and ask that they contact Bradford City Council to formally request to be rehoused.”  

The Housing Options Service at Bradford Council help with housing and housing-related problems. Bradford Council does not have a stock of council houses available. Instead, BradfordHomes is the way of allocating Housing Association accommodation and the Council’s private sector lettings properties.

To get rehoused by BradfordHomes, people must bid on properties available, that match their needs. Mr Abdullah has bid on properties across Bradford but has not been successful in finding a new home yet.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Tenants should speak to their landlords in the first instance about any repair or maintenance issues.

“Our Housing Standards Team have been in touch with Yorkshire Housing and understand that they are working to remedy issues at this property. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that issues are resolved.

“Tenants of social landlords can speak to their landlord to see if they can transfer to another of their properties. People can also either apply directly to individual Registered Providers (most of whom operate their own waiting lists) and/or they can apply to join the Council’s Social Housing Register known as Bradford Homes. This can be done online on the Bradford Homes website: www.bradfordhomes.org.uk.

“In circumstances where an applicant is homeless or has an urgent need like medical or overcrowding issues then the applicant should contact our Housing Options service 01274 435999 for an assessment. Following an assessment of the applicant’s circumstances, the Housing Options Officer may place the applicant in a higher priority banding.”

This article was amended at 11.40am on Thursday, 24 December, to include an updated comment from Yorkshire Housing and comment from the Council.

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