AN Olton family with health problems are considering legal action after claiming they have had to endure a severe damp problem for the past four years.
Joseph Bates, who has lung disease and his partner Marie Povey who live in a Waterloo Housing property in Flintham Close, with their three sons, say their health is suffering as a result of the conditions.
Mr Bates said: “I have severe problems with my lungs and the damp does not help. I am on a lot of medication and I am not very mobile.
“All we have been offered so far is a two bedroom flat to move into while work is carried out. But how can five of us move into a two bedroom property? And we can’t be split up because we are all suffering with our health and my partner takes care of us.”
Lawrence Fenelon, housing manager at Waterloo Housing Association, said: “We were not aware of any damp at the property before January this year, when a member of our repairs team visited to check their home’s heating, ventilation and insulation.
“Since then, we have worked with the council’s environmental health team to identify the main source of the damp as being a poorly ventilated loft space. We want to carry out works to improve the venting and insulation.
“We understand the family’s health conditions mean they need to move out for a short time, up to 14 days, so we can do this work. We are willing to make use of all the temporary accommodation options available to us, but there are no three-bedroom homes available in the area now or likely to be soon. A two-bedroom flat is available, and we can offer this alongside the use of a hotel.”