Alvaston man says black mould is infesting his home and destroying possessions

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A housing association tenant claims that his Alvaston home has been infested by black mould, which he says has caused £3,000 of damage to his possessions.

Leigh Ward "has been living a nightmare" for the past two years because of the problem, which he claims has damaged paintwork, curtains, carpets and electrical equipment.

The 33-year-old has reported the issue to The Guinness Partnership, which is responsible for the property, but he has not been satisfied with its response.

However, the housing association defended its position, saying it has made repairs - including re-plastering walls - as well as giving advice about ventilation to Mr Ward.

A man from Alvaston claims that his house has been taken over by black mould. Leigh Ward, 33, says that housing association the Guinness Partnership have done nothing to solve his problem in 10 months. He also claims that they blamed him for the mould when he says he could do nothing more to prevent it.

This mould was even close to an electricity socket. Leigh says this could be extremely dangerous for his children.

Mr Ward, who is a distribution service technician for Severn Trent, said he first noticed mould around two years ago but work was carried out and the problem seemed to have been solved.

But at Christmas 2016 he discovered mould in the front bedroom and living room and reported it to the housing association, who sent out inspectors to assess the mould.

He said: “The inspectors who came round originally said that it was my fault that we’ve been having mould because the house is too damp. He said that we need to ventilate the house more, but we have vents in almost every room in the house.

A man from Alvaston claims that his house has been taken over by black mould. Leigh Ward, 33, says that housing association the Guinness Partnership have done nothing to solve his problem in 10 months.

Leigh's mould problem has been growing for around two years

“I asked them to help to remove the mould from my windows, cupboard and walls again in February, but I was told that I am not a priority at this stage.

“We’re still waiting for them to remove the mould now, 10 months later.”

Mr Ward says the mould has caused about £3,000 worth of damage to his belongings, walls and carpets.

He said: “The mould has broken my TV’s speakers so I’ve had to buy a sound bar to get any sound out of it.

“There’s even mould around an electrical socket that is attracting beads of moisture which can be extremely dangerous.

“All-in-all, this mould has caused about £3,000 worth of damage. But for me it’s not about the money, it’s about the principle that Guinness have not helped out with this issue in time. I’m not struggling financially so I don’t want compensation.

A man from Alvaston claims that his house has been taken over by black mould. Leigh Ward, 33, says that housing association the Guinness Partnership have done nothing to solve his problem in 10 months.

Leigh says this problem is causing damage to his possessions

“They tried to give me a small amount but I rejected that because I don’t want money, I just want them to come and do the job.

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A spokeswoman for The Guinness Partnership said: “Mr Ward first raised the issue of mould with us in January 2016 but cancelled our plans for a mould wash and repairs to the guttering and extractor fan later that year.

“In January 2017 Mr Ward renewed his complaint about mould and confirmed to our staff that he had treated the mould himself previously.

A man from Alvaston claims that his house has been taken over by black mould. Leigh Ward, 33, says that housing association the Guinness Partnership have done nothing to solve his problem in 10 months. He also claims that they blamed him for the mould when he says he could do nothing more to prevent it.

More mould on the top of Leigh's windows

"We visited the property and made repairs to the windows in the living room, as well as giving him advice on ventilation and what is required in terms of regular tenant maintenance.

“In September 2017, our contractors re-plastered the walls. Following complaints about the work, we investigated the situation and were content that the work had been carried out adequately.

"We will continue to work with Mr Ward to maintain the property and keep it in good shape.”

A man from Alvaston claims that his house has been taken over by black mould. Leigh Ward, 33, says that housing association the Guinness Partnership have done nothing to solve his problem in 10 months.

Leigh claims the inspectors blamed him for the mould

However, Mr Ward disputes the housing association's stance.

He said: "I was only told about the cancellation on the day and absolutely no repairs have been done to the windows, extractor fan or guttering.

"Someone did come out to me on October 26, but all they did was measure the bath. What does that solve?

"They're just trying to pass the buck again and again."