A MOTHER-of-two is furious over the state of her council-owned house she recently moved into.
Sandra Ovington, 55 of John Street, Shoreham, and her two boys Kyle, eight, and Rico, ten, are currently living in the property which has damp, mould and cracks.
Sandra said she wasn’t intially aware of these problems.
The family moved in on August 1, and it was as they started re-decorating the problems began.
“When I looked around the house the old tenants were still there and they only mentioned the damp and mould in the bathroom.
As soon as the old tenants moved their furniture out you could see all the mould and big, massive cracks in the wall which let in water when it rained. We began painting and peeling back wallpaper and found huge holes, cracks and a lot of damp.”
Sandra said: “How do they expect us to live like this? It’s not my property, I don’t own it, I rent it.
“I have rang Adur council about four times today, ten times yesterday, and last week and they still haven’t got back to me.”
She said that so far she has spent over £4,000 on the property as well as using her mother’s credit card.
The house also has a chair lift, which her son with a disablity uses, however, this recently broke while he was on it.
She said: “Every night I have asthma attacks but I can’t call an ambulance because who will look after my son? I stayed at my friend’s house for a few days and the attacks stopped. I don’t want to move again. I just want it to be sorted out and I don’t think I should have to pay for it.”
A spokeswoman from Adur District Council said: “Mrs Ovington swapped her home in a mutual agreement with another of the council’s tenants. She was well aware that in doing this she was accepting her new home in its present condition.
“The council’s maintenance officer has visited her in her new home and agreed to carry out some repairs. Adur District Council will only carry out repairs for which it is responsible and Mrs Ovington must take responsibility for those that fall to her. If she believes that the council needs to carry out any other repairs we will consider them as they arise and when they are reported to us.”