Mother-of-three left ‘sobbing’ at state of black mould in home

Mother-of-three left ‘sobbing’ at state of black mould in home: Children wake to condensation puddles every day in one-bed flat where mushrooms grow on walls and fungus infects their toys

  • Skye Joseph, 31, fears for her children’s health after mushrooms sprout out walls
  • The pregnant mother said she  spent thousands replacing household essentials
  • Skye said puddles even formed in her children’s bedroom every morning 
  • She and her three children live in a one-bedroom- flat in Greenwich, London

 A mother said mould in her one-bedroom-flat left her fearing for the health of her three children as they wake up to condensation puddles in their bedroom everyday. 

Skye Joseph, 31, said mushrooms sprouted out of her walls and puddles formed in her children’s bedroom every morning because of the mould in her property in Greenwich, south-east London.

She claimed she has spent ‘thousands’ replacing household items and baby toys such as moses baskets, shoes, clothes, boots, sofas, bunk beds – even food in the  cupboards which goes ‘mouldy’ before the sell-by date.

Her fears for her children were shaken  after hearing about the tragic tale of Awaab Ishak– the toddler who died in 2020 as a direct result of the mould in his family’s home in Greater Manchester.

Skye Joseph, 31, said the  mould in her flat left her fearing for the health of her children as  mushrooms grow out of her walls in her one-bedroom-flat

Skye Joseph, 31, said the  mould in her flat left her fearing for the health of her children as  mushrooms grow out of her walls in her one-bedroom-flat

The mother-of-three said she cleans the walls every two weeks but black marks reappear within days

The mother-of-three said she cleans the walls every two weeks but black marks reappear within days

The mother-of-three said: ‘I heard the story about that little boy and sobbed. I’m bringing up three children in these conditions. 

‘It sets me back with my mental health. I don’t think I ever used to suffer as much as I do now.’

Skye, who is pregnant, said she discovered the one-bed flat was plagued with damp and mould issues soon after moving in in 2009.

She she claimed that despite housing association L&Q sending contractors to ‘bleach wash’ the walls over the years, the problem has persisted and gotten worse.

Skye said the mould ruined her personal items which she had to pay to replace.

Skye's fears for her children was shaken after hearing about the tragic tale of Awaab Ishak - the toddler who died in 2020 as a direct result of the mould in his family's home in Greater Manchester

Skye’s fears for her children was shaken after hearing about the tragic tale of Awaab Ishak – the toddler who died in 2020 as a direct result of the mould in his family’s home in Greater Manchester

She said it has cost her thousands of pounds to replace items such as this children's toy and other household items

She said it has cost her thousands of pounds to replace items such as this children’s toy and other household items

The picture shows Skye's living room walls coloured black from mould as it spread under her pipe work

The picture shows Skye’s living room walls coloured black from mould as it spread under her pipe work

Skye said: ‘It’s literally costing me thousands to replace everything.

‘Moses baskets, shoes, clothes, boots, sofas, bunk beds – even down to food in the food cupboards which goes mouldy before the sell-by date.’

Skye says her three children – two of whom are diagnosed with autism and another with asthma – sleep in the one bedroom in the property.

The stay-at-home mum sleeps on the sofa in the living room.

Skye said she cleans the walls every two weeks but black marks reappear within days.

The mother explained the issues with condensation are so bad, puddles of water form on the floor of the bedroom in the mornings.

Skye’s mental health is suffering as a result of the poor living conditions, and worries about her children’s health as a result of the damp and mouldy environment.

The 31-year-old has to not only replace household items after they were mould infested but also had to buy food more regularly as it apparently didn't stay fresh long enough to be eaten

The 31-year-old has to not only replace household items after they were mould infested but also had to buy food more regularly as it apparently didn’t stay fresh long enough to be eaten 

The pregnant mother said: 'Within a month or two of moving it all started coming out - the walls started caving in and the door frames are coming away due to the damp'

The pregnant mother said: ‘Within a month or two of moving it all started coming out – the walls started caving in and the door frames are coming away due to the damp’

The levels of damp in the walls have scared the mother as not only are her children and living in one room with this much damp but two of them  live with autism and one is asthmatic

The levels of damp in the walls have scared the mother as not only are her children and living in one room with this much damp but two of them  live with autism and one is asthmatic

Skye said: ‘It was probably here when I first moved in but it was all freshly painted over so I wouldn’t have noticed.

‘Within a month or two of moving it all started coming out – the walls started caving in and the door frames are coming away due to the damp.

‘The worst part is the front room and the bedroom.

‘It’s covered from the skirting boards up to the ceiling, in the bedroom it’s every single wall, the wardrobe and the chest of drawers.

‘There are three children sleeping in one room, two of them are diagnosed with autism and one is asthmatic. I sleep in the front room.

‘The old sofa had mould all up the back from being up against the wall, I threw out a black bag of toys that were all mouldy. I’ve thrown out everything of the kids and had to replace it all.

‘You can smell it, it’s really strong – we’ve even had mushrooms sprouting out of the cracks.’

Skye claimed the damp spread through the walls caused mushroom to sprout through the cracks

Skye claimed the damp spread through the walls caused mushroom to sprout through the cracks

She said: 'The old sofa had mould all up the back from being up against the wall, I threw out a black bag of toys that were all mouldy. I've thrown out everything of the kids and had to replace it all'

She said: ‘The old sofa had mould all up the back from being up against the wall, I threw out a black bag of toys that were all mouldy. I’ve thrown out everything of the kids and had to replace it all’

A spokesperson for L&Q said: 'Ms Joseph's home has been assessed by our Healthy Homes programme, which focuses on tackling the root cause of mould and damp.  Our contractors have since visited several times over the last year to carry out repairs but have not yet been given access'

 A spokesperson for L&Q said: ‘Ms Joseph’s home has been assessed by our Healthy Homes programme, which focuses on tackling the root cause of mould and damp.  Our contractors have since visited several times over the last year to carry out repairs but have not yet been given access’

And she claimed: ‘I’ve been told it’s my fault for having too many children. It makes me feel so rubbish because I always wanted a big family.

‘It’s horrible the way people think you plan to live in some horrible place and plan for your mental health to play up.

A spokesperson for L&Q said: ‘We are sorry for the problems Ms Joseph has been experiencing with her home.

‘We are fully committed to providing safe and comfortable homes that are conducive to the good health of our residents, and we are working with Ms Joseph to ensure we put things right as quickly as possible.

‘Ms Joseph’s home has been assessed by our Healthy Homes programme, which focuses on tackling the root cause of mould and damp.

‘As part of this process, our specialist contractors attended the property to carry out an inspection, treat the mould, and agree a number of measures to prevent the issue from reoccurring.

‘Our contractors have since visited several times over the last year to carry out repairs but have not yet been given access.

‘We have contacted Ms Joseph again today [Monday, December, 2, 2022] to try and make progress on these outstanding works.

‘Ms Joseph’s family are eligible for a larger property, and we are now actively searching for suitable accommodation in the area.

‘In the meantime, we’ll offer her additional support and information to help better her understanding of the options available to her.’

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