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NHS worker’s ‘horror movie’ flat covered in mould so bad it’s grown a mushroom
May 2, 2021
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A nursing assistant says she is "living in a horror movie" because of her mould-covered flat.
NHS worker Larisa Orlova, from Hersham in Surrey, fears the squalor in her "nightmare" flat, which is covered in mould and grime, has caused her to suffer with "severe" headaches.
The emergency care assistant revealed she also found a mushroom growing from the ceiling earlier this year.
And the 49-year-old, who has lived in the property for more than two years, said she struggles to sleep because of the sound of water dripping from the ceiling – even after working gruelling 12-hour shifts, SurreyLive reports.
"My health has no meaning to my landlord, (leaving) me to live in hazardous living conditions for over two years," she said.
"Since last year, after having to breathe the toxic, musty air, I started experiencing severe headaches and sickness.
"I need to recuperate after working long shifts in order to do my job properly. How can I look after patients when I am not well myself?
"I could not sleep for three months last year due to the noise of the water dripping from the ceiling (from a leaking water tank)."
Larisa says she felt as though she's been living in "her own horror movie with black mould covering the walls", and was forced to throw out numerous items including clothes and her son's laptop.
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The NHS worker says her landlord has finally acknowledged the issue and works are now being carried out to remove the damp and mould from her flat in Hersham.
But Larisa says housing company PA Housing has been "reluctant" to sort the problem since it began in 2018. The firm claims it only found out about the leaking water tank problem in September 2020.
Since 2018, Larisa – who is registered disabled – has been in an ongoing tussle with the company, who has sent contractors out for repairs which she says were either not completed or not done properly.
According to PA Housing, there were issues accessing the property.
Works are now due to be completed at Larisa'a flat this week while she stays at a hotel in Walton.
A spokesman for PA Housing said: "A water tank leak reported in late September 2020 caused damage to her home. We stopped the leak shortly after it was reported and provided our customer with a dehumidifier to help dry out the property.
"A surveyor visited to assess the damage caused by the leak, including the mould that had formed on the wet walls and found that we needed to renew the water tank and the ceilings, plaster walls and retile the bathroom.
"Unfortunately, the work has taken longer than expected due to some difficulties gaining access to the property, and delays with progressing the work as quickly as we would have liked due to Covid-19 restrictions.
"However, it is all due to be completed this week, with PA Housing having organised for our customer to spend two weeks in a hotel while it was carried out."