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Hundreds of Burnley residents in mouldy home campaign

Lancashire Telegraph: Mould in a Burnley home Mould in a Burnley home

A PETITION has been launched calling on the government to take action over mouldy homes in Burnley.

Hundreds of residents have signed up to the campaign urging the Department for Communities and Local Government to force housing association Calico to check all social tenants' homes in Burnley for mould and damp.

The petition, which is at www.change.org, was started by Martina Baker, 37, who lives in Lincolnshire, who was shocked to see pictures of mouldy Calico properties posted on Facebook by residents.

She said: “I was very upset to see that people are living in these conditions and being blamed for the damp, cold , water coming in to their properties.

“I started the e-petiton as the government needs to know what is happening with local contractors, people who live in that area are living in Victorian conditions, which is not great for the year 2014.”

Anthony Duerden, Calico's Director of Customer Services, said: “We sympathise with anybody who is experiencing problems with damp or mould. If a customer is experiencing structural damp, it is dealt with as a priority as soon as it is reported to us. Unfortunately, significant structural works may take longer than customers initially expect."

One Calico tenant who has signed the petition is Mick Smithson, 38, who lives with his wife Lynn, and children Nicole, 15, and CJ, six, in Morse Street.

Mr Smithson said he had been experiencing problems with damp in his home for three years.

He said: “We’ve spent so much money on the property doing it up, we love the area, it’s great for the schools, but it’s depressing living in this house.

“If we hadn’t spent so much money on it we would have moved. We’ve spent thousands so far and we don’t have money now to do stuff that families normally would be able to do."

In response to Mr Smithson's case, Mr Duerden said: “Over recent months, we’ve carried out a number of significant repairs to Mr Smithson’s property involving cavity clearance and damp works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period, as these were significant works.“These have now been completed, and we are actively monitoring the situation. We have also arranged to fix a roof leak by removing his chimney stack, which is an unrelated issue, but one which we are dealing with as a priority.”

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3:28pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Markr says...

Ive just had a look on change.org and can not find it.
But it looks like the world is finally waking up to how bad a land lord Calico is, very quick to get publicity for how good they are but they tend to step back from the many problems they have with their tenants, most anti social problems on estates is caused by their tenants but they refuse to deal with them as long as they are getting their rent they turn a blind eye.
Ive just had a look on change.org and can not find it. But it looks like the world is finally waking up to how bad a land lord Calico is, very quick to get publicity for how good they are but they tend to step back from the many problems they have with their tenants, most anti social problems on estates is caused by their tenants but they refuse to deal with them as long as they are getting their rent they turn a blind eye. Markr
  • Score: 2

3:58pm Fri 14 Feb 14

LTHannah says...

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4:09pm Fri 14 Feb 14

midas says...

and how many of these problems are structural and how many down to tenants, for example, drying clothing indoors without opening windows? a pair of wet jeans can have over a litre of water in them and when its evaporated into a room, that isn't ventilated, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when that room becomes mouldy!

If its a structural defect fair enough blame the landlords but many cases are down to the occupier.
and how many of these problems are structural and how many down to tenants, for example, drying clothing indoors without opening windows? a pair of wet jeans can have over a litre of water in them and when its evaporated into a room, that isn't ventilated, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when that room becomes mouldy! If its a structural defect fair enough blame the landlords but many cases are down to the occupier. midas
  • Score: 13

4:34pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

midas wrote:
and how many of these problems are structural and how many down to tenants, for example, drying clothing indoors without opening windows? a pair of wet jeans can have over a litre of water in them and when its evaporated into a room, that isn't ventilated, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when that room becomes mouldy!

If its a structural defect fair enough blame the landlords but many cases are down to the occupier.
Quite right midas. I wish I had you as a tenant.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: and how many of these problems are structural and how many down to tenants, for example, drying clothing indoors without opening windows? a pair of wet jeans can have over a litre of water in them and when its evaporated into a room, that isn't ventilated, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when that room becomes mouldy! If its a structural defect fair enough blame the landlords but many cases are down to the occupier.[/p][/quote]Quite right midas. I wish I had you as a tenant. Stone Island:
  • Score: 5

4:40pm Fri 14 Feb 14

useyourhead says...

midas wrote:
and how many of these problems are structural and how many down to tenants, for example, drying clothing indoors without opening windows? a pair of wet jeans can have over a litre of water in them and when its evaporated into a room, that isn't ventilated, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when that room becomes mouldy!

If its a structural defect fair enough blame the landlords but many cases are down to the occupier.
Very true, between the double glazing, the insistance on draught proofing everything in sight and a reluctance to let any of the very expensive heat out by opening a window the condensation which results is often the culprit, particularly if a home is overoccupied. One person can exhale about a litre a day into the air, combine that with steamy baths or showers, drying clothes indoors and washing up/cooking etc then you can expect no less.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: and how many of these problems are structural and how many down to tenants, for example, drying clothing indoors without opening windows? a pair of wet jeans can have over a litre of water in them and when its evaporated into a room, that isn't ventilated, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when that room becomes mouldy! If its a structural defect fair enough blame the landlords but many cases are down to the occupier.[/p][/quote]Very true, between the double glazing, the insistance on draught proofing everything in sight and a reluctance to let any of the very expensive heat out by opening a window the condensation which results is often the culprit, particularly if a home is overoccupied. One person can exhale about a litre a day into the air, combine that with steamy baths or showers, drying clothes indoors and washing up/cooking etc then you can expect no less. useyourhead
  • Score: 9

5:18pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Marsdogs says...

Maybe people can be responsible for their own mould problems, and the govt concentrate on homes that are being washed away?
Maybe people can be responsible for their own mould problems, and the govt concentrate on homes that are being washed away? Marsdogs
  • Score: 10

7:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

grimreaper28 says...

All calico houses that had wall cavity insulation put in about 15 years ago have trouble with damp it was the wrong thing to do its act like blooting paper and spends small amounts of damp into larger areas .
All calico houses that had wall cavity insulation put in about 15 years ago have trouble with damp it was the wrong thing to do its act like blooting paper and spends small amounts of damp into larger areas . grimreaper28
  • Score: 7

3:11am Sat 15 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

this is modern housing for you,,,,
this is modern housing for you,,,, noddy57
  • Score: 2

11:55am Sat 15 Feb 14

jawdropper says...

Couple of things here Telegraph: 1) Calico doesn't own "all social tenants' homes in Burnley" (they don't own mine) so this petition will probably struggle to get the government to make them responsible for "checking them". 2) The petition has 124 supporters. That's ONE HUNDRED and twenty-four. Not "hundreds". 3) As Midas says, how may are structural and how many are tenants? Isn't the real story that nobody can afford to heat their homes anymore?
Couple of things here Telegraph: 1) Calico doesn't own "all social tenants' homes in Burnley" (they don't own mine) so this petition will probably struggle to get the government to make them responsible for "checking them". 2) The petition has 124 supporters. That's ONE HUNDRED and twenty-four. Not "hundreds". 3) As Midas says, how may are structural and how many are tenants? Isn't the real story that nobody can afford to heat their homes anymore? jawdropper
  • Score: 10

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