Damp so bad in Southampton home that woman fears suffering an electric shock

Daily Echo: Lisa Mitchener and son Jack. Lisa Mitchener and son Jack.

A WOMAN claims the damp is so bad in her own home that turning on her lights will give her an electric shock.

Mum Lisa Mitchener fears chronic damp in walls next to the light switch in her porch threatens her safety.

It is the final straw in a two-year battle to contain damp and mould penetrating her two-bedroom Southampton flat, forcing her to throw away rotting clothes and bedding and regularly remove slugs from bedroom walls.

Now she is demanding housing bosses sort out the crisis ,which she says is making her family ill.

The problem stems from leaking rendering to outside brickwork of her privately rented property in Walnut Avenue, Mansbridge.

Paintwork is severely peeling on the outside walls while green spores spread through the rooms.

The 28-year-old administrator lives with partner Daniel Meleder, 31, and says their 21-month-old son Jack regularly suffers colds due to the damp.

Housing bosses have vowed to carry out improvements by the end of the month.

But Lisa also fears for her own health because medication she takes makes her more susceptible to chest infections.

Lisa said: “The damp is so bad in the porch that I’m too scared to turn on the light switch.

“Water and electricity don’t mix and I don’t know how it’s going to affect the rest of the electrics in the house.

She has had to throw out ruined bedding twice and a several pairs of shoes which turned mouldy.

Nursery furniture bought for Jack’s room has had to be cleaned and moved away from the walls.

But she says Radian Housing, which is responsible for maintenance is blaming them for failing to air it properly.

She added: “All they have done is blame us and tell us it’s the way we live.

“It really angers me and I just want it to be sorted out.”

Her plight comes after the Daily Echo revealed last month how a Southampton couple were living in a house with mould growing in all corners.

Radian Housing owns the building while lettings agent Clear Residential manages the flat on behalf of a landlord who owns the leasehold.

A spokeswoman for Radian said external wall rendering works would be carried out this month. But he insisted internal works were the landlord’s responsibility and said: “We have a strong record when it comes to responsive repairs and to planned maintenance, and we always investigate any concerns with damp or mould that is reported to us by our tenants.”

A spokesman for Clear Residential said they would assess internal works once Radian had finished. He said: “There is no point in carrying this out until the exterior works are completed as this is the main cause of the problem.”

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7:23am Sat 8 Mar 14

Huey says...

Pay for the work yourself love, like normal people. You have a job, so what is problem? Or is it easier to moan and expect someone else to do it, coz you have a kid? Jeez.
Pay for the work yourself love, like normal people. You have a job, so what is problem? Or is it easier to moan and expect someone else to do it, coz you have a kid? Jeez. Huey
  • Score: -9

7:34am Sat 8 Mar 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

worst landlord in the area , appalling.
worst landlord in the area , appalling. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 4

7:47am Sat 8 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

I wonder how people who live on the Somerset levels would view your situation? Do you spend a lot of time in your porch?
Why don't you just move somewhere nicer?
I wonder how people who live on the Somerset levels would view your situation? Do you spend a lot of time in your porch? Why don't you just move somewhere nicer? bigfella777
  • Score: 10

8:02am Sat 8 Mar 14

loosehead says...

If this is a private rental why don't they just move?If they're council tenants why not contact health & safety or the environment officer?
If they take up the Government scheme they could(if they earn enough) buy a house/flat cheaper than renting privately
If this is a private rental why don't they just move?If they're council tenants why not contact health & safety or the environment officer? If they take up the Government scheme they could(if they earn enough) buy a house/flat cheaper than renting privately loosehead
  • Score: 15

8:22am Sat 8 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

Huey wrote:
Pay for the work yourself love, like normal people. You have a job, so what is problem? Or is it easier to moan and expect someone else to do it, coz you have a kid? Jeez.
thats the problem today its always someone fault
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Pay for the work yourself love, like normal people. You have a job, so what is problem? Or is it easier to moan and expect someone else to do it, coz you have a kid? Jeez.[/p][/quote]thats the problem today its always someone fault mickey01
  • Score: 15

9:22am Sat 8 Mar 14

issacchunt says...

Withold the rent until its done or withold it to the value of your deposit and move, keep photographic evidence as no court will be able to not see your point.

private landlord should deal with this as iy is more than normal upkeep. the comment about the somerset levels is just pathetic.
Withold the rent until its done or withold it to the value of your deposit and move, keep photographic evidence as no court will be able to not see your point. private landlord should deal with this as iy is more than normal upkeep. the comment about the somerset levels is just pathetic. issacchunt
  • Score: 6

11:26am Sat 8 Mar 14

Moongrass1985 says...

I think most of these comments are pathetic by small minded people who spend their time judging others without knowing the full facts.
I think most of these comments are pathetic by small minded people who spend their time judging others without knowing the full facts. Moongrass1985
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Jemmap1985 says...

Huey ... I think you you should keep your comments to yourself , I know the lady and she has been through hell and shouldn't have to live like it in a rented property the housing should sort it out instead of it making the family Ill if it was there own property they would pay for it but as it not its up too the housing to sort any problem which is why you pay a service charge , I'm sure if you lived in a property like it and had a child you would want the best for your family so keep your comments to yourself I hope this is sorted for the family's sake
Huey ... I think you you should keep your comments to yourself , I know the lady and she has been through hell and shouldn't have to live like it in a rented property the housing should sort it out instead of it making the family Ill if it was there own property they would pay for it but as it not its up too the housing to sort any problem which is why you pay a service charge , I'm sure if you lived in a property like it and had a child you would want the best for your family so keep your comments to yourself I hope this is sorted for the family's sake Jemmap1985
  • Score: 7

3:43pm Sat 8 Mar 14

southy says...

This is the sort of thing you can expect more off with the private sector
This is the sort of thing you can expect more off with the private sector southy
  • Score: 1

6:30pm Sat 8 Mar 14

solomum says...

Huey wrote:
Pay for the work yourself love, like normal people. You have a job, so what is problem? Or is it easier to moan and expect someone else to do it, coz you have a kid? Jeez.
It is the Landlords responsibility to get this sorted, not the tenants. She pays rent. so the upkeep of the property is covered by that. Crikey, if it was the tenants responsibility, landlords would be laughing. The landlord is also in breach of health and safety. If this was a private landlord, they would be in trouble, but it is actually a housing association who do not take responsibility for the upkeep of their properties.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Pay for the work yourself love, like normal people. You have a job, so what is problem? Or is it easier to moan and expect someone else to do it, coz you have a kid? Jeez.[/p][/quote]It is the Landlords responsibility to get this sorted, not the tenants. She pays rent. so the upkeep of the property is covered by that. Crikey, if it was the tenants responsibility, landlords would be laughing. The landlord is also in breach of health and safety. If this was a private landlord, they would be in trouble, but it is actually a housing association who do not take responsibility for the upkeep of their properties. solomum
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Zexagon says...

I think there's a photo of the place from the outside in the paper. Looks rundown
I think there's a photo of the place from the outside in the paper. Looks rundown Zexagon
  • Score: 0

6:54pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Zexagon says...

Wouldn't the fuse board trip before she got a shock?
Wouldn't the fuse board trip before she got a shock? Zexagon
  • Score: 7

8:47pm Sat 8 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Look if it's about £100 a week in rent(private more) then you have a service charge which can be up to about £100 surely it must be better to join the government scheme choose a decent house & pay less than your paying a private landlord?
I'm moving but at this moment I pay £361 a month to buy my house so if your working & you both earn enough why not look at that option?
Look if it's about £100 a week in rent(private more) then you have a service charge which can be up to about £100 surely it must be better to join the government scheme choose a decent house & pay less than your paying a private landlord? I'm moving but at this moment I pay £361 a month to buy my house so if your working & you both earn enough why not look at that option? loosehead
  • Score: 2

8:48pm Sat 8 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Zexagon wrote:
Wouldn't the fuse board trip before she got a shock?
all depends on the age of the building as if it has the old fuse box it won't trip out
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't the fuse board trip before she got a shock?[/p][/quote]all depends on the age of the building as if it has the old fuse box it won't trip out loosehead
  • Score: 1

9:51am Sun 9 Mar 14

Rhombus says...

loosehead wrote:
Look if it's about £100 a week in rent(private more) then you have a service charge which can be up to about £100 surely it must be better to join the government scheme choose a decent house & pay less than your paying a private landlord?
I'm moving but at this moment I pay £361 a month to buy my house so if your working & you both earn enough why not look at that option?
downvoted for a helpful suggestion. oh well. Isnt there a few of these 5% deposit deals going around at the moment?
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Look if it's about £100 a week in rent(private more) then you have a service charge which can be up to about £100 surely it must be better to join the government scheme choose a decent house & pay less than your paying a private landlord? I'm moving but at this moment I pay £361 a month to buy my house so if your working & you both earn enough why not look at that option?[/p][/quote]downvoted for a helpful suggestion. oh well. Isnt there a few of these 5% deposit deals going around at the moment? Rhombus
  • Score: 3

4:23pm Sun 9 Mar 14

elvisimo says...

Huey wrote:
Pay for the work yourself love, like normal people. You have a job, so what is problem? Or is it easier to moan and expect someone else to do it, coz you have a kid? Jeez.
Bless, you are really clever.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Pay for the work yourself love, like normal people. You have a job, so what is problem? Or is it easier to moan and expect someone else to do it, coz you have a kid? Jeez.[/p][/quote]Bless, you are really clever. elvisimo
  • Score: 1

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