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Dad’s woe over damp flat with crumbling plaster

Fife Avenue resident Neil Dalglish with son Roman.
Fife Avenue resident Neil Dalglish with son Roman.

A father says he is still living in a damp home, despite months of complaining to housing chiefs.

Neil Daglish says his patience is wearing thin over problems with his bedsit in Fife Avenue, Jarrow.

There is damp on my outside wall which is coming through, things are different now I have my son to think about.

Neil Daglish

He has been in the property for 10 years and says there has been one issue after another.

He claims that in the past he has had to complete his own repairs after work was left half done, but a damp problem is causing plaster to fall from his walls and the floor to crack.

He says it is one issue too far – especially as he has his two-year-old son, Roman, to think of.

He is hoping that, as well as doing the repairs, housing chiefs will help him find alternative accommodation to enable his son to continue staying with him.

Mr Daglish said: “I am not happy with the property.

“I have been here 10 years now and I have put up with a lot.

“I have a board on the back door which needs replacing, but I have been told that won’t be until April.

“Damp on the outside wall is also coming through.

“The front door wasn’t fitted properly ,so I ended up finishing it off myself.

“Things are different now, I have my son to think about, and this is not acceptable.

“It is a one-bedroomed bedsit and is no good for me and my son.

“I have asked about a property nearby, but if things don’t change soon then it is going to have an impact on whether my son is able to stay with me.”

A spokeswoman for South Tyneside Homes said: “No previous request has been recorded relating to damp at this property – however, we take all repairs seriously.

“A member of South Tyneside Homes staff has now visited the property and identified some repairs that need to be completed.

“We will now move forward and work with Mr Daglish to ensure that we can complete the repair work at his home as swiftly as possible.”