Mould forces stu­dent’s six-hour round-trip

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A stu­dent is fac­ing a six­hour round trip to class af­ter mov­ing out of her mouldy flat and back home to the north-east.

Anna Rutkowska moved to Perth to study con­tem­po­rary art and con­tex­tu­alised prac­tice at col­lege.

But the 21-year-old de­cided to move back home to Mint­law in Au­gust af­ter bat­tling the mould and con­den­sa­tion in her flat for 11 months. She claims she was as­sured any signs of mould would be treated be­fore she moved in but claimed the let­ting agency failed to do so, de­spite her con­cerns.

Miss Rutkowska, who said the is­sue be­gan im­pact­ing her men­tal health, said: “When I moved in it was only painted over on the walls and not treated in any way.

“I had sent emails to the agency, yet noth­ing was get­ting done. Then the mould and con­den­sa­tion started get­ting a lot worse.

“I had to wait for the bath­room fan to be fixed for five weeks, which made the ceil­ing turn black as there was no win­dow or heater.

“I spent a fortune on elec­tric­ity as my heaters were al­ways on dur­ing the set times. I had my win­dows open con­stantly, even when I was go­ing away.”

A spokes­woman for Perthshire Prop­erty Ser­vices con­firmed spe­cial­ists have vis­ited the prop­erty.

A se­nior sur­veyor’s find­ings con­cluded there was an is­sue with con­den­sa­tion and mould and heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and in­su­la­tion should be in­creased to com­bat it.

She added: “When we do have con­den­sa­tion prob­lems in prop­er­ties we is­sue tenants with a let­ter to in­form them how to avoid mould.”

Anna Rutkowska

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