After being moved out twice by council, damp is still a problem for Woodhall Farm mum

Ruby Witney, 21, has got damp problems in her Hemel Hempstead council flat. She's pictured with her three children  Joe Bangert, aged five, Amelia Grace aged one and Tyler Bangert, aged two.
Ruby Witney, 21, has got damp problems in her Hemel Hempstead council flat. She's pictured with her three children Joe Bangert, aged five, Amelia Grace aged one and Tyler Bangert, aged two.

A young mum who has twice been given public money to move out of her flat for works to combat damp is still suffering with mould problems.

And Ruby Witney, 21, says damp in the bedrooms and bathroom at her home in Aragon Close, Woodhall Farm, is affecting the health of her three children, aged five, two and 10 months.

She was moved out by Dacorum Borough Council in both November 2010 and again in November last year.

The first time walls were replaced, replastering carried out and a new kitchen and bathroom installed.

“They said the problem wouldn’t come back,” said Ruby. But last year she was moved out again for flooring to be replaced.

She has been paid a total of £2,400 by the council for the inconvenience and on both occasions stayed with her mum.

Now the black mould has returned, and more work is needed. “When I get into my bed at night it feels damp,” said Ruby. “You can see damp patches on the walls.”

The council will not comment on individual cases but group property manager Calvin Fisher said: “We are committed to working with our tenants to help eradicate the problems associated with condensation and mould growth in their homes.

“We will survey properties and identify any areas 
where we can effectively make a difference, checking for leaks or damp penetration, ensuring heating and ventilation is adequate for the 
needs of the property and insulation is up to the required standard.

“We will also provide tenants with advice and guidance on how they can minimise the likelihood of excessive moisture build up in their homes by introducing minor changes to their lifestyle and ensuring rooms are adequately heated and ventilated.”