Damp forces pair to live in one room

Janice Peake of Greendale Close at Blyth-complaining about dampness problems in her house.
Janice Peake of Greendale Close at Blyth-complaining about dampness problems in her house.

A couple are being forced to cook, eat and sleep in the only room of their house not plagued by damp problems.

Janice Peake, 61, and John Robinson, 51, now live in a bedroom of their council house in Greendale Close, Blyth.

The retired pair say their health is suffering due to the state of the property.

Janice, a diabetic, said: “We’ve had damp under the floor for well over a year. We’ve got damp coming up through the living room floor.

“For the last six weeks, we’ve only been able to eat, sleep and live in the bedroom.”

Having contacted Homes for Northumberland, the grandmother-of-five claims nothing is being done to help.

“It’s just a total nightmare, I can’t take much more. We shouldn’t have to live like this.”

Ian Johnson, director of property services at Homes for Northumberland, said: “We take complaints from all tenants extremely seriously.

“Our staff, officers from Northumberland County Council environmental health department and external contractors have carried out significant tests at this property and no evidence of damp has been found.

“As part of these investigations we identified that the utility room may be susceptible to damp and condensation in the future. We therefore agreed to install a radiator in this room as a preventative measure.

“We are confident that extensive investigations have been undertaken, but would urge the tenants to contact us if they have any further concerns.”