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Pregnant mum living in home with ‘walls falling apart’ as embarrassed daughter moved out

December 5, 2021


Katie Dean says there have been problems since they moved into the house in Hull in September 2020 including plaster peeling off walls, a hole in one ceiling, as well as extensive damp and mould

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A pregnant mum and her family are in urgent need of repairs for their “not liveable” house.

Katie Dean says there have been problems since they moved into the house in Hull in September 2020.

Images from inside show plaster peeling off walls, a hole in one ceiling, as well as extensive damp and mould.

The mum claims that her 16-year-old daughter moved out because she was too embarrassed to live there.

Katie, who lives in the house with her partner, toddler child and with a baby on the way, told HullLive: “It’s not liveable. My key worker from Target Housing has been and I’ve told him I want moving out of the property, it’s seriously affecting my mental health.

This image shows a ceiling with dark marks on it in a house in Hull


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“My 16-year-old has moved out of the house to live with her dad, partly because it was too embarrassing to bring people around.”

She is also worried about her toddler, who she claims is getting chest infections.

Katie, who is in her 30s, said Target Housing has responded to her and that some repairs have been attempted.

The repairs included the replacement of a boiler 12 days after the previous version “packed up”, the fitting of a dormer window, an extractor fan and a new radiator installed in the bathroom.

This image shows plaster peeling off the walls


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However, Katie claims it’s barely scratched the surface of all the house’s significant issues.

She says that work to insulate the roof and prevent a leak in the attic had not been effective.

She said: “We’ve actually now found that it is still leaking and the roof is all damp and wet.

“It’s disgusting – it’s actually growing mould on it and I can’t get rid of it.

This image shows a hole in one of the walls


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“I had a new window fitted, a new dormer window, that’s brilliant. But the mould above it must be because of a leak and it’s like growing.”

Katie claims a new radiator that was fitted in the bathroom led to significant damage to the wall beside it, which she was still waiting for to be repaired.

She further claimed that the issues with the house’s living room – damp walls, the adjacent hallway wall “falling through” and being “too cold” – are so extensive that the family had effectively “abandoned using it”.

Tenant Katie Dean says she has contacted Target Housing about the damage


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She said: “I mean, my living room was beautiful. I adore ornaments because that’s what I’m into.

“And I can’t use none of it because it would just end up on the floor smashed and broken because of the walls and things.”

She added: “This was only to be temporary until I got my money, finances, things like that, sorted out.”

A new radiator with adjacent wall in a damaged state


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She added they were moved in with the assistance of Target Housing and were paying back prior rent arrears to the council.

Members of Hull City Council’s environmental health team have also visited the property two times, Katie said.

She added: “And if they can’t work around us doing that, then move us out.”

The Mirror Online contacted Target Housing for comment.

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