Heavily pregnant teen, 19, forced to live in mould-ridden flat fears for her baby’s health


A HEAVILY pregnant teen has been forced to sleep in a damp and mould-ridden flat because she claims her housing association has repeatedly turned down her requests to be re-homed.

Samantha Bartley, 19, who is 37 weeks pregnant says she has to sleep on the sofa and wash herself with bottled water.

Samantha says she has has requested to be re-homed several times
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The dental nurse says she has put in a number of requests to her housing association but they have all been turned down.

She says the lifts break and the water supply goes off in her flat in Newcastle.

Desperate Samantha has even got a letter from her GP to help her case but that hasn’t helped her case.

The letter states: “living in a damp atmosphere can have a significant effect on her health and the health of her newborn baby”.

Samantha told The Chronicle: “I’ve ordered baby things but I can’t even bring them over to the flat because I’m so scared of them getting damp. They’re all having to be delivered to my mam’s.”

Samantha moved into the flat run by Places for People in August 2017 and even then it had condensation but even after a firm came round to deal with it, damp started appearing in the bedroom.

She said: “No-one’s ever been out to look at it again, and that was almost two years ago.

“You can smell the damp everywhere in the flat but it’s only visible in the bedroom and cupboard.”

“My clothes absolutely stink, and I don’t even sleep in the bedroom, I have to sleep on the sofa.

“If it’s on my clothes it must be in the air, and it can’t be something I’m doing if it’s only on that wall.”

Because she claims the water regularly goes off she is worried that she won’t be able to sterilise the baby’s bottles when it arrives.

Her boyfriend Michael Kelly has also been banned from moving into the flat because the rules say only two people can live in the property.

Samantha said: “They say there’s not allowed to be more than two people living there, but I don’t see how that can include a baby.

“It’s just really annoying because we both work, we don’t claim any benefits, and I just feel like we’re getting nowhere.

“I’ve tried to get them to do the repairs so many times and they acknowledge it but they don’t actually do anything about it.”

A spokesperson for Places for People said: “We are committed to providing and maintaining places where people genuinely want to live.

“We are sorry if Ms Bartley feels our high standards have not been met.

“Our regional maintenance manager will be visiting Ms Bartley’s home to investigate any occurrences of damp, while a window seal repair is already booked for May 13.

“The lift has needed minor repairs twice in the past 12 months, but we are continually aiming to improve the reliability of these systems.

“Northumbria Water has sole responsibility for the water supply and we are working closely with them to resolve any issues.”

Samantha is currently 27 weeks pregnant
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Samantha’s flat is said to be damp and mouldy
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Her clothes appear to have been affected by the damp
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She says the lifts have broken down six times in the past year
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Sam even had her GP write a letter to help her case
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Her boyfriend has been banned from living in the flat
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The Housing Association said a maintenance manager would visit her home to investigate
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