Mum, 28, forced to sleep on dining room floor with son, 1, for 3 MONTHS as mouldy council flat ‘falling down around her’

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A MUM and her one-year-old child boy have been forced to sleep on a dining room floor for three months as their mouldy council flat “falls down around” them.

Gemma Rew, 28, has been left struggling to breathe and affected by mounted issues after a leak in her one-bedroom flat in Wood Green, north London, was left to fester for months.

A leak contained in the one-bedroom flat in Wood Green, north London, was left to fester for monthsCredit: GEMMA REW
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The ceiling is soaking moist from a leak which began in JulyCredit: GEMMA REW
Gemma Rew, 28, lives in the flat with her one-year-old son Mason
Gemma Rew, 28, lives contained in the flat with her one-year-old son MasonCredit: GEMMA REW

Gemma and her son, Mason, have been unable to sleep of their “dangerous” mattress room as components of the ceiling are crumbling away from the damp due to a leak which began in July.

The information administrator at North Middlesex University Hospital educated The Sun Online: “Most of the ceiling has come down. If anyone walks above, components of the concrete fall off and land on the floor.

“The partitions are black mould and soaking moist. It’s merely not protected. The flat is falling down around me.

“The housing manager said it wasn’t safe for my baby to sleep in the bedroom. The walls are crumbling down.

“We’ve been sleeping on the floor for three months in the dining room. I just dragged my mattress in there.”

“Mason sleeps with me most of time, but sometimes he sleeps in the cot which I’ve also brought into the dining room.”

Gemma talked about she struggles to breathe contained in the mould-ravaged residence – and worries for the correctly being of her youthful son.

“It’s hell. It’s disgusting, it’s embarrassing. It’s hard to breathe,” she talked about.

“I’ve all the time obtained issues. Every night time I wait up struggling to breathe. It’s horrible. This is ridiculous for a toddler.

“The council should be ashamed. We just can’t live here anymore.”

Just every week before the ceiling began leaking in July, Mason fell sick with pneumonia.

The determined mum has blamed the damp for Mason’s battle with the terrifying lung an an an infection.

“My son had pneumonia in July, just a week before the leak started,” Gemma talked about.

“The flat was already damp and mouldy. I positively assume my son’s pneumonia was attributable to the state of the flat. 

“He’s been sick twice since then. He has a bacterial infection at the moment.”

I’ve all the time obtained issues. Every night time I wait up struggling to breathe. It’s horrible. This is ridiculous for a toddler.

Gemma Rew

Gemma talked about she has been begging Haringey Council to swap her and Mason into short-term lodging – nonetheless she talked about her pleas have been left unanswered.

“A surveyor came out last month and checked the property, but I never heard anything back,” she talked about.

Haringey Councillor John Bevan talked concerning the delay in getting the plasterer to full the restore work at Gemma’s flat was “due to the pandemic”.

He educated The Sun Online: “The security of our residents is all the time our fundamental concern.

“When we were made aware of issues of water coming into this property, we immediately attended (out of hours during the night) and carried out the repair to the roof the following day.

“We have made varied visits to specify the works required all by way of the property and make sure the inside damage is rectified.

“There has been a slight delay in getting the plasterer to full the work due to a backlog inside the realm attributable to the pandemic, nonetheless we now have received an appointment booked for September 27.

“We hope to have all the works completed to the resident’s satisfaction in the near future.”

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The mattress room ceiling is damp and coated in mould from the leakCredit: GEMMA REW
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Gemma talked about she has been begging the council to swap her into short-term lodgingCredit: GEMMA REW
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