I have joined this forum today on the behalf of my sister who has been long suffering from multiple sclerosis which is now in the advance stages. She has lost her mobility and her speech is severely impaired. For the past 20 years my sister has be fighting a legal battle with her housing association (Network Stadium Housing) as she has been living in conditions described by a surveyor as “prejudicial to health and unfit for human habitation”.
I am hoping that someone will be able to offer advice as to how to deal with this ongoing housing problem she has faced. The property she has been living in has suffered from infestation of mice, severe damp, mold and condensation which has led to structural defaults. The condition of the property is so bad it has prevented my sister from being able to occupy her bedroom for many years.
When my sister initially approached her housing association for repairs and resolution they were dismissive and unsympathetic towards her. It was only when threatened with court proceedings did they agree to carry out works however, because the problem is structural the severe damp recurs which caused my sister to have to go through the same legal process for Network Stadium Housing (NSH) to bring her home back into a livable condition. My sister has now gone through this process four times and is currently fighting a similar case with NSH (of which I am now assisting her due to her failing health). I am horrified that a social housing group which is not only founded by local government but has also been awarded with the 2 tick symbol has be allowed to get away with this for so many years and not be held accountable. Her lawyer is currently negotiating for the property to be bought back to a livable condition which I ultimately disagree with because what she really needs is to move out of the property permanently. She then may be able to make some recovery and not be at risk of the property falling back into an unlivable condition. I am sure the stress of legal proceedings over the years coupled with her living conditions have been directly responsible for her relapsing on several occasions;
Has anyone had a similar problem? If so, Can anyone give me any pointers as we are quite desperate.