Health fears force family out of their ‘forever home’
Dad notices mold in attic after being in the house for three days
A family has said health concerns forced them to move out their “forever home” costing them at least £1,000, the third family to leave the same properties in a matter of months.
The Green family moved into one of four houses owned by the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust in Strontian, with a view to purchasing it after building up a deposit in a rent-to-buy scheme.
After being in the house for three days, dad Kevin noticed mold in the attic.
He told The Press and Journal: “I am a plasterer
“I am a plasterer and damp proofer so I know what damp looks like”
and a damp proofer, so I know what damp looks like.
“We complained about the lack of ventilation in the loft space, and a contractor came out to deal with it. He drilled two holes, that still didn’t work – so another person came out and made bigger holes that allowed mice to get into the house.
“When I looked at the blueprint plans for the houses I noticed the plans for ventilation in the loft hadn’t been carried out.
“Instead of a £200 unit being fitted in the loft space, a £20 unit had been fitted, they don’t do the same thing.”
After two years and serious concerns about their children’s health, the family took the desperate measure of moving out.
Instead, they took a council property. As a “goodwill gesture”, HSCHT refunded a £500 deposit but did not agree to repaying the £1,000 the family paid towards future ownership.
Wife Georgina said: “HSCHT basically blamed us when we moved out the house, now other families are coming forward it seems that something more needs to be done.”
Denise Anderson, chairwoman of Sunart Community Council, said: “We conducted an independent surveyor’s report to be undertaken of the houses, and we have asked HSCHT to look at the results.”
An HSCHT spokesman said: “The HSCHT has been working closely with the contractor on a programme of remedial works which has provided improved ventilation to airtight homes, that have been built to the current building standards.
“The HSCHT are committed to continued monitoring of the effectiveness of these improvements and we will continue to liaise with the tenants on an individual basis in this regard.”
COMPLAINTS: Kevin Green and his son Archie who had to leave their house in Strontian after paying £1,000 to future ownership