BRIXTON RESIDENTS ‘SEEKING ACTION FOR DAMP IN THEIR HOMES’
Residents who are part of the St Martin’s Tenants Residents Association (TRA) in Brixton have come together to demand that their landlords take action on the damp problems within their homes.
The Brixton Blog reported that the group has gone to Lambeth Council to ask for their support in rectifying issues with damp that are impacting people’s living conditions and their health.
Three housing associations are responsible for managing the site: Metropolitan, Notting Hill and Optivo. St Martin’s TRA is calling on the three housing associations to share environmental impact assessments, as well as structural reports relating to the affected blocks.
So far, at least 50 residents have reported damp problems on the estate. The St Martin’s TRA is now asking Lambeth Council to instruct an independent environmental health officer to carry out an inspection of the worst-affected blocks.
One resident Rita Forest told the news provider that she only had the damp problems in her flat fixed after withholding her rent for four months.
The housing association took her to court over non-payment, but she showed the court photos and other evidence detailing the condition of her flat. As a result, the court found in her favour and ordered the housing association to fix the problem.
Lambeth’s cabinet member for housing councillor Paul Gadsby said that he’d already been in contact with the housing associations in question to demand action. “Lambeth will also appoint an environmental health officer to look at these issues who is independent from the housing associations,” he added.
Earlier this year, a YouGov survey found that issues with damp and mould was the biggest cause of dissatisfaction among tenants in the UK.
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