Damp making life a misery for Hythe couple

Daily Echo: Christine and Dave Earle whose home in Hythe is riddled with damp. Christine and Dave Earle whose home in Hythe is riddled with damp.

When Dennis and Christine Earle undertook a house swap that saw them move into a Hampshire bungalow they believed it would be their dream retirement home.

But instead it has been the house swap from hell as they found their two-bedroom home in Hythe is riddled with mould.

Their nightmare started in 2012 when they moved from South Woodford in London to Cedar Road, the move was done through Hyde Martlet, who approved it.

At first they believed the bungalow’s problems could be sorted with DIY.

However, within six months they discovered the true extent of the mould that started to surface in every corner and crevice of their home.

The couple have thrown away hundreds of pounds worth of furniture including items like wardrobes, beds and clothes.

Former oil rig worker Mr Earle 66, has tried everything to get rid of the mould, including cleaning the house from top to bottom and repainting every room.

It got so bad that Mrs Earle, 69, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary (COPD), found it was making her condition worse, which meant she moved to Bognor Regis for periods of time to stay with her sister.

Doctors from Forestside Medical Practice in Dibden Purlieu have also advised housing bosses at Hyde Martlet to move them out because of the mould.

In May last year, an independent surveyor inspected the bungalow on behalf of Hyde Martlet.

That said the home needed a complete carpet and floor covering replacement, and recommended that the tenants should be provided with an air filtering system and a dehumidifier – but none of this has been done.

Mr Earle said: “We can’t live here any longer. We have had to go on at them to do this and that and it hasn’t been done.

“It has made my wife’s health get much worse and I am worried about her.”

“Why should we have to live like this?”

The couple want to move, but say they won’t until Hyde Martlet compensate them for damages that have occurred to floor coverings and other losses through mould repairs. They have taken legal advice against the company.

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2:25pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price.
You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon.
If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case.
I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.
This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price. You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon. If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case. I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Mon 23 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

Dai Rear wrote:
This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price.
You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon.
If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case.
I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.
It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right.

The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss.

Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them.

Pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price. You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon. If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case. I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.[/p][/quote]It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right. The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss. Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them. Pathetic. From the sidelines
  • Score: 6

6:05pm Mon 23 Jun 14

solomum says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price.
You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon.
If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case.
I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.
It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right.

The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss.

Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them.

Pathetic.
The only pathetic thing here is your comment. Yes, Hyde Martin is a housing association for those who are not in a position to buy their own property. Your post suggests that anyone who rents is less worthy than you. Actually, those who rent, pay the mortgage just as you do. The only difference is, it is someone else's mortgage they are paying. Therefore it is the home owners responsibility to maintain the property building. If you are ever in the position of not being able to own your own home any more for any reason, I suggest you wear padding as from the height you are likely to fall, it will be a long way down.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price. You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon. If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case. I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.[/p][/quote]It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right. The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss. Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]The only pathetic thing here is your comment. Yes, Hyde Martin is a housing association for those who are not in a position to buy their own property. Your post suggests that anyone who rents is less worthy than you. Actually, those who rent, pay the mortgage just as you do. The only difference is, it is someone else's mortgage they are paying. Therefore it is the home owners responsibility to maintain the property building. If you are ever in the position of not being able to own your own home any more for any reason, I suggest you wear padding as from the height you are likely to fall, it will be a long way down. solomum
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Mon 23 Jun 14

solomum says...

solomum wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price.
You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon.
If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case.
I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.
It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right.

The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss.

Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them.

Pathetic.
The only pathetic thing here is your comment. Yes, Hyde Martin is a housing association for those who are not in a position to buy their own property. Your post suggests that anyone who rents is less worthy than you. Actually, those who rent, pay the mortgage just as you do. The only difference is, it is someone else's mortgage they are paying. Therefore it is the home owners responsibility to maintain the property building. If you are ever in the position of not being able to own your own home any more for any reason, I suggest you wear padding as from the height you are likely to fall, it will be a long way down.
Oh, and I once owned my own home, but sold it to raise money for someone in desperate need. I now rent, so does that make me any less of a worthy citizen than you? As most people who rent, I work and pay rent out of my wages. I also pay taxes.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price. You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon. If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case. I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.[/p][/quote]It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right. The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss. Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]The only pathetic thing here is your comment. Yes, Hyde Martin is a housing association for those who are not in a position to buy their own property. Your post suggests that anyone who rents is less worthy than you. Actually, those who rent, pay the mortgage just as you do. The only difference is, it is someone else's mortgage they are paying. Therefore it is the home owners responsibility to maintain the property building. If you are ever in the position of not being able to own your own home any more for any reason, I suggest you wear padding as from the height you are likely to fall, it will be a long way down.[/p][/quote]Oh, and I once owned my own home, but sold it to raise money for someone in desperate need. I now rent, so does that make me any less of a worthy citizen than you? As most people who rent, I work and pay rent out of my wages. I also pay taxes. solomum
  • Score: 0

8:22pm Mon 23 Jun 14

melting pot says...

Cedar road......... did you really expect anything different!!
Cedar road......... did you really expect anything different!! melting pot
  • Score: 4

10:58pm Mon 23 Jun 14

lobo1976 says...

I have personal knowledge that prior to this couple moving into this particular Bungalow was a little palace with beautiful gardens back and front. The inside was immaculate, The previous tenant maintained the inside of this property to a high standard and left all new carpets and floor coverings. Cedar Road or not "something doesn't add up" ! ??? !
I have personal knowledge that prior to this couple moving into this particular Bungalow was a little palace with beautiful gardens back and front. The inside was immaculate, The previous tenant maintained the inside of this property to a high standard and left all new carpets and floor coverings. Cedar Road or not "something doesn't add up" ! ??? ! lobo1976
  • Score: 2

1:06am Tue 24 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

solomum wrote:
solomum wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price.
You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon.
If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case.
I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.
It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right.

The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss.

Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them.

Pathetic.
The only pathetic thing here is your comment. Yes, Hyde Martin is a housing association for those who are not in a position to buy their own property. Your post suggests that anyone who rents is less worthy than you. Actually, those who rent, pay the mortgage just as you do. The only difference is, it is someone else's mortgage they are paying. Therefore it is the home owners responsibility to maintain the property building. If you are ever in the position of not being able to own your own home any more for any reason, I suggest you wear padding as from the height you are likely to fall, it will be a long way down.
Oh, and I once owned my own home, but sold it to raise money for someone in desperate need. I now rent, so does that make me any less of a worthy citizen than you? As most people who rent, I work and pay rent out of my wages. I also pay taxes.
Well thank you for your view oh God. There's always at least one amazingly self-righteous, my ordure smells of roses, one out there, isn't there?
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price. You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon. If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case. I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.[/p][/quote]It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right. The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss. Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]The only pathetic thing here is your comment. Yes, Hyde Martin is a housing association for those who are not in a position to buy their own property. Your post suggests that anyone who rents is less worthy than you. Actually, those who rent, pay the mortgage just as you do. The only difference is, it is someone else's mortgage they are paying. Therefore it is the home owners responsibility to maintain the property building. If you are ever in the position of not being able to own your own home any more for any reason, I suggest you wear padding as from the height you are likely to fall, it will be a long way down.[/p][/quote]Oh, and I once owned my own home, but sold it to raise money for someone in desperate need. I now rent, so does that make me any less of a worthy citizen than you? As most people who rent, I work and pay rent out of my wages. I also pay taxes.[/p][/quote]Well thank you for your view oh God. There's always at least one amazingly self-righteous, my ordure smells of roses, one out there, isn't there? Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

8:13am Tue 24 Jun 14

solomum says...

Dai Rear wrote:
solomum wrote:
solomum wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price.
You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon.
If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case.
I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.
It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right.

The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss.

Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them.

Pathetic.
The only pathetic thing here is your comment. Yes, Hyde Martin is a housing association for those who are not in a position to buy their own property. Your post suggests that anyone who rents is less worthy than you. Actually, those who rent, pay the mortgage just as you do. The only difference is, it is someone else's mortgage they are paying. Therefore it is the home owners responsibility to maintain the property building. If you are ever in the position of not being able to own your own home any more for any reason, I suggest you wear padding as from the height you are likely to fall, it will be a long way down.
Oh, and I once owned my own home, but sold it to raise money for someone in desperate need. I now rent, so does that make me any less of a worthy citizen than you? As most people who rent, I work and pay rent out of my wages. I also pay taxes.
Well thank you for your view oh God. There's always at least one amazingly self-righteous, my ordure smells of roses, one out there, isn't there?
No, not self righteous at all, Just very aware that putting yourself on a pedestal and living in your own little bubble of perfection has no bearing on what is really important in life.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: This makes no sense to me at all. A house swap is just like any other sale and purchase-without the home owner tax ("stamp duty") if for equivalent price. You do searches, you get surveyors. Even after looking at the website I can't figure exactly what this Hyde Martin is, but whether it , or any other estate agent, "approved" the exchange is surely of no consequence and not to be relied upon. If the surveyor missed the problem then it's an insurance case. I have a horrible feeling now though that Hyde Martin is some kind of public housing organisation or similar quango. If so of course, as ever, it'll be the problem of us idiots who go to work and pay far too much tax. We'll be picking up the tab-as ever.[/p][/quote]It appears to be part of the Hyde Housing Association, so your horrible feeling is probably right. The Echo seems to be the vehicle of choice for renters in the public- and pseudo-public sector to air their grievances about their houses. It's boring. For we homeowners, if we have a problem with damp, we fix it at our own expense. If we damage our homes through lack of ventilation and drying washing all over the place, it's our loss. Obviously, these people are completely institutionalised, and need their every need managing for them. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]The only pathetic thing here is your comment. Yes, Hyde Martin is a housing association for those who are not in a position to buy their own property. Your post suggests that anyone who rents is less worthy than you. Actually, those who rent, pay the mortgage just as you do. The only difference is, it is someone else's mortgage they are paying. Therefore it is the home owners responsibility to maintain the property building. If you are ever in the position of not being able to own your own home any more for any reason, I suggest you wear padding as from the height you are likely to fall, it will be a long way down.[/p][/quote]Oh, and I once owned my own home, but sold it to raise money for someone in desperate need. I now rent, so does that make me any less of a worthy citizen than you? As most people who rent, I work and pay rent out of my wages. I also pay taxes.[/p][/quote]Well thank you for your view oh God. There's always at least one amazingly self-righteous, my ordure smells of roses, one out there, isn't there?[/p][/quote]No, not self righteous at all, Just very aware that putting yourself on a pedestal and living in your own little bubble of perfection has no bearing on what is really important in life. solomum
  • Score: 0

10:20am Tue 24 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Well Solo Mum , best not to do it then, eh?
Well Solo Mum , best not to do it then, eh? Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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