A MUM has claimed the mould is so severe in her flat it has made her HAIR fall out.
Lena McGonigle, 52, said the disgusting black marks cover her two-bedroom flat in Oldham, Greater Manchester, making her feel constantly “dirty” and “sick”.
She told Sun Online: “Microtoxins from the mould have made my hair fall out and there is a funny taste inside my mouth.
“I feel like I’m choking all the time and that I can’t breathe.”
Lena is a full-time carer for her 29-year-old son Andrew who suffers from autism.
I feel like I’m choking all the time and that I can’t breathe.
She claims the mould is having a serious impact on her health but neither her landlord Threshold, who run the property, or housing association First Choice Homes Oldham seem to care.
Lena said: “I’ve sent pictures before and they [First Choice] didn’t listen.
“Every time I phone they say ‘sorry, we won’t do repairs for you until Threshold contacts us first’.
“I feel like they are making a fool of me and because I’m just a carer for my son they don’t want to listen.”
Lena spends her days trying to clean the mould away but is fighting a losing battle.
So far she has invested in two dehumidifiers, is forced to leave the heating on and has stuck waterproofing foam on her windows to prevent condensation.
But the mould always comes back – leaving a horrible smell that has ruined her carpets and sofa.
She said: “I go out and if I’ve been out for hours it hits you in the face as soon as you walk through the door the smell.
I go out and if I’ve been out for hours it hits you in the face as soon as you walk through the door the smell.
“It smells like cat pee. It smells funny.
“I’ve gone off my food – it makes me feel dirty when I’m clean.”
Lena said the problems make her life a misery and her health is suffering every day the mould isn’t sorted out.
She explained: “I’m fed up because when I came here I was healthy – but now the only health problem I’ve got is from this flat.
“I’ve never had this before – itchy eyes, my son has got a runny nose, I’m sneezing, parts of my hair is falling out. I feel sick.
“I’m feeling tired all the time”.
Oldham is a hotspot for covid-19 but the mum-of-one believes the mould is more likely to finish her off.
She said: “If it was a healthy flat and there was a coronavirus lockdown it wouldn’t bother me.
“But when that is going around and you live in a mouldy flat it’s frightening for my son, if something happens to me what’s going to happen to him?”
We inspected Ms McGonigle’s home in January when she contacted us about the issue. Our assessor didn’t find any cause for concern
But First Choice claim their inspectors visited Lena’s home after she complained in January and found there was no “cause for concern”.
Executive director Emma Davison said: “We absolutely do not want our customers to be staying in homes if they are not fit to live in and we would move anyone as a priority if this was the case.
“We inspected Ms McGonigle’s home in January when she contacted us about the issue.
“Our assessor didn’t find any cause for concern and provided Ms McGonigle with advice around ventilation in her home.
“We haven’t received any further complaints of damp or mould from her since our visit but we will contact her ASAP to see if there is currently an issue and how we can help.”