Mould forces student’s six-hour round-trip
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.”