Mother of two boys said house is ‘un­in­hab­it­able’

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Sa­man­tha Jones and her two sons had re­cently moved to Hobb­shill Road, in Great Mis­senden, af­ter com­plet­ing a mu­tual ex­change with Par­a­digm Hous­ing.

Miss Jones said part of the agree­ment of her mov­ing to the prop­erty, which she has in writ­ing, is Par­a­digm agree­ing to in­stall a new kitchen and bath­room.

How­ever, now Miss Jones has moved, she said that Par­a­digm has said she can­not have a new kitchen for five years or a new bath­room for two years.

Miss Jones said: “The prop­erty is in a re­ally bad state but the kitchen and bath­room are hor­rific. I have it in writ­ing that Par­a­digm will pro­vide a new kitchen and bath­room and now it is say­ing it won’t be for five and two years.

“I’ve been on the phone to them but they won’t help me, so I’m com­pletely stuck and can’t live in the prop­erty be­cause it’s ap­palling.”

As well as the kitchen and bath­room be­ing in a bad state, Miss Jones says the win­dows and doors are fall­ing apart, the ra­di­a­tors are bro­ken due to not be­ing turned on for 15 months, there are dead bee­hives in the bed­rooms and the house was cov­ered in dog poo, with the smell still lin­ger­ing.

Miss Jones said: “It’s not hab­it­able for chil­dren or for any­one. It’s hor­rific. I didn’t mind tak­ing on the rest of the work, which will cost thou­sands.

“I was happy to take that on as long as I got the new kitchen and bath­room as promised, but now they are not do­ing it I’m not go­ing to do the work and I won’t have any choice but to hand the prop­erty back be­cause we can’t live there.

“We’re hav­ing to sleep at a friend’s house be­cause we’ve got nowhere else to go. I feel com­pletely let down by Par­a­digm. I’m a sin­gle mother of two chil­dren and they’ve done noth­ing to help me. I’ve made a com­plaint, but they are not both­ered. It’s all just been a com­plete night­mare.”

At the time of go­ing to press, in­terim di­rec­tor of prop­erty ser­vices at Par­a­digm Hous­ing Lee North-Smith said: “We have ar­ranged with our cus­tomer to carry out ap­pro­pri­ate re­pairs at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble con­ve­nience.”

Sa­man­tha Jones in her new home

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