Teenager’s horror as mould spreads through new flat

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A teenager hoping for a fresh start in her new flat was horrified to find black mould in the property as a broken door handle reportedly trapped her inside. Her dather Tony Griffiths, 40, says daughter Victoria Clarke is living a nightmare as the 19-year-old’s top-floor apartment in Runcorn, Cheshire, is plagued by problems. Since she and partner Jack Jones, 18, moved in December, they have seen problems multiply with a leaking gutter they blame for water coming through the ceiling and a gap around the window they’ve had to reseal to keep out the cold.

Victoria claims she found herself trapped inside her “damp, mouldy flat” after the front door handle broke in the latest in a string of incidents. 

Her father told the Liverpool Echo: “Door handles in the flat were broken, including the front door handle – so much so the door handle came off and she couldn’t get out. Interior door handles were broken and the fridge.”

Tony said other issues include mould developing around the windows, which Victoria and Jack are spending a fortune on cleaning supplies to eliminate.

The father explained: “She had food in the fridge and freezer only for days later, to be told not to use it as they were aware it was broken and all her food became inedible.

“We’ve had to redo the silicone around the windows as they (the landlord) said they would do it but never did.

He added: “The vents within the flat are broken. We’ve changed the fuses, checked everything, and cannot get them to function.”

Victoria has constant condensation issues in the apartment because of these interior and other external issues. When it rains, it always leaks, and the gutters contribute to the issue. 

She said: “We’re still having to deal with all the mould and stuff in the flat. It started in the bedroom and now it’s everywhere in the flat.

“When we first moved in they (the landlords) told us everything was done and since then we’ve had to have the door fixed and fix the fridge and we had to re-silicone the window, and the gutters have been leaking into the ceiling and they still haven’t been out.”

Victoria says she and her partner are “mentally” affected, as they have to spend a fortune on cleaning supplies to clean the flat.

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According to a spokesperson for LIV Group, the company is in charge of maintaining CVH’s exterior and common areas, the firm is working to find solutions by sending a contractor to clear the gutter and communicating with the landlord and owners about the other issues.

They said: “As property managers, we are responsible for managing the maintenance of the building’s exterior and common areas. 

“We have instructed a contractor to attend the development next week to clear the gutters and are liaising with the owners and landlord to work through the issues relating to the areas of the building we manage.

“We encourage residents to raise any problems relating to the interior of their apartments with the landlord.”

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