Gateshead mum speaks of living nightmare caused by 'horrific' black mould

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A Gateshead mum has spoken about her living nightmare caused by black mould in her flat as she bids to be rehomed.

Julie Williamson, from Birtley, is appealing to Gateshead Council to rehome her after her flat has become overrun with black mould.

At the moment, Julie rents a flat on Durham Road from a private landlord who she says is aware of the problems but hasn't taken action to sort them.

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Gateshead Council has carried out an inspection on the property and has identified 23 hazards relating to the mould and other issues.

The mould issues mean that Julie has not been able to sleep in her bedroom for the last year and is now having to live and sleep on her sofa.

Julie has been having problems with mould since last year. Photo: Other 3rd Party.Julie has been having problems with mould since last year. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
Julie has been having problems with mould since last year. Photo: Other 3rd Party. | Other 3rd Party

To make matters worse, her daughter is five months pregnant and Julie is now racing against time to move them out of the flat before the baby arrives.

She said: "The problems started last year when we got damp in the building and the mould was cleaned off the walls but this year it has come back with a vengeance.

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"We have had someone out from the Council to inspect the property and the report revealed that there is 23 different hazards in the flat.

"It is just horrific and it is just getting worse. It is having a big impact on my mental health and I feel like a prisoner in my own home.

Julie is appealing to Gateshead Council to rehome her as soon as possible due to her daughter being five months pregnant. Photo: Other 3rd Party.Julie is appealing to Gateshead Council to rehome her as soon as possible due to her daughter being five months pregnant. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
Julie is appealing to Gateshead Council to rehome her as soon as possible due to her daughter being five months pregnant. Photo: Other 3rd Party. | Other 3rd Party

"With the mould being so bad in the bedroom, I've been sleeping on the sofa since July last year so I basically just live in my sitting room, I haven't got any space for myself.

"My daughter is five months pregnant and we will not be able to bring a new baby into this property. We've even had a midwife write a letter of recommendation that we need to be rehomed.

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"The flat is constantly cold and the heating doesn't work properly so we have to sit with blankets on.

"It is just horrendous and we need to be rehomed as soon as possible."

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Gateshead Council has confirmed that it is looking into the issue stated that Julie's request to be rehomed is being considered.

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A spokesperson for the Council said: “We are aware of the resident’s situation, and are working with them to find a resolution as soon as possible.

An inspection at the property revealed 23 different hazards. Photo: Other 3rd Party.An inspection at the property revealed 23 different hazards. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
An inspection at the property revealed 23 different hazards. Photo: Other 3rd Party. | Other 3rd Party

"We have identified some defects with their current property, and are liaising with the landlord to get these rectified.

"In the meantime their application for social housing will continue to be considered alongside others with a priority status.”

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