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Damp problem has cost us a fortune

PLIGHT ... council tenant Lauren Orr has been waiting three years for her flat to be cleared of damp.

PLIGHT ... council tenant Lauren Orr has been waiting three years for her flat to be cleared of damp.

A SOUTH Tyneside couple say they have had to fork out hundreds of pounds on replacing furniture destroyed by damp plaguing their home.

Lauren Orr and fiancé Stephen Jones moved into the ground floor flat in Sargent Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, almost three years ago.

But they claim attempts to make it a home were like fighting a losing battle, with their bed, wardrobes and flooring destroyed by damp. Now the pair hope their desperate plea for help will be answered, with South Tyneside Homes officials saying they are prepared to help.

Miss Orr, 24, who is a care home worker, said: “It was a few months after we first moved in.

“We saw it after we had decorated.

“We thought it was just condensation at first. We reported it and workmen came out and put some special kind of paint on it, but it’s not working.

“I’ve had to throw out my bed and my wardrobe. Clothes have been thrown out because they’ve been affected by damp. We’re fighting a losing battle.

“We want to decorate, but we’ve already done it twice and it’s just a waste of time and money.

Mark Whittle, director of investment for South Tyneside Homes, said: “We have carried out visits to Ms Orr’s flat since 2010 to inspect for dampness, including a request for a specialist contractor to carry out an assessment.

“The problem was diagnosed as condensation but, in the past, we have been unable to gain access to do repairs such as installing an air-brick and condensation trays.

“Should Ms Orr wish to contact us to have these measures carried out, we will be happy for a building surveyor to get in touch and arrange for repairs.”

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