March 8 2014 Latest news:
by Sam Blewett, Reporter
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Two council tenants say they and their newborn baby have been left living in an “absolute nightmare” for five months following Havering Council’s modernisation attempts.
Aaron Savill, 27, and partner Steph Payne, 28, of Langport House, Romford, say they have had never-ending issues after contractors renovated their bathroom in July.
The problems have led Aaron to believe his “relationship and flat are both at stake”.
The problems include:
n Repeated blocking and flooding after the wrong pipe was installed causing his pregnant partner to slip over
n Cracked paint where emulsion was used rather than water-resistant paint
n Damp damaged bath panelling after chipboard was used rather than plastic
n A sink which overflows every time the washing machine is used
n Water damage to the flooring in the hallway
In May a council inspector viewed their property. He was shocked by the state of the kitchen and bathroom and gave a personal letter to the council to have both renovated. Aaron, an electrician, chose to have the bathroom done first for hygiene reasons.
Steph said: “What should’ve taken a week took a month.” She said that the contractors were overworked with multiple jobs at the same time.
A couple of weeks later a huge flood occurred in the kitchen after the wrong pipe was fitted in the bathroom.
An eight-months pregnant Steph slipped while mopping it up. “I was lucky I didn’t strain something and hurt myself or my unborn child,” she said.
One of them must wait while the washing machine is on so they can empty the sink.
“I can’t go out like a normal person, I have to wait there while I do my washing,” Steph said.
The couple have been waiting for the pipe to be changed since August.
Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Lesley Kelly, said: “We’re sorry to hear about the problems they have been having with their flat and we’re pleased that we’ve now been alerted and will immediately arrange to fix the problem.”