A DISABLED mother’s house move trauma continued yesterday after she unearthed a catalogue of problems with her temporary home.
Deanna Langford was hoping for light at the end of the tunnel when she was handed the keys to her short-term home.
But the mum-of-one, whose daughter is due to undergo reconstructive knee surgery next week, said things only got worse when she moved in.
After months of talks with South Tyneside Council over the rewiring of her home in Sycamore Road, Whitburn, under the Decent Homes programme, Deanna, 42, was re-housed in a one-bedroom bungalow in the village’s Ash Grove with daughter Taylor Sutcliffe, seven, on Monday.
The difficult move, which was put into question when Deanna, who suffers from immune system disease SLE and muscle inflammation condition myositis, was informed by her tenant liaison officer that contractors working on the bungalow thought they were due to finish work yesterday.
When she moved in after 4pm on Monday, she discovered the hot water did not work in one room, and the heating and TV aerial broken.
“I can’t take much more of this,” she said. “Having this illness I just don’t need all this.
“I’ve brought all of these issues up with the relevant people, and I just don’t know what else to do.”
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council, said: “A qualified gas and heating engineer inspected and set up Ms Langdon’s boiler prior to the resident moving into the property.
“The heating system was in full working order when the engineer left the property on Monday evening.
“To give Ms Langdon peace of mind, South Tyneside Homes has sent another engineer to double check that everything is in working order including the digital television aerial.
“Ms Langdon’s decant took place as planned and she moved into the property on time.
“The reported hot water, heating and television aerial issues aren’t related to Monday’s misunderstanding.
“The tenant’s client liaison officer has visited the resident on numerous occasions to ensure she and her family are settling into their new surroundings.”