May 24, 2022

An SCOTS father recounts his nightmare after living in a flat with mold, leakage and holes in the floor.

Martin McSheffer and his son Aaron live in a flat on The Ald Road in Cumbernold.

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Martin and his son AaronCredit: Provided.
Pictures show the roof being covered.

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Pictures show the roof being covered.
There are holes in the floor too.

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There are holes in the floor too.

The 45-year-old and his college student son say the humidity in the flat is so bad they can’t use the downstairs bedroom, and the couple is forced to sleep in the living room.

Martin and Aaron, 18, have to pile up their clothes in the upstairs room because they can’t be kept downstairs in danger of being destroyed by the mold-covered walls.

Moisture can be seen covering bathroom walls and ceilings and plaster falling affects the flat.

Pictures of the nightmare flat show how Martin has to keep towels on poorly sealed windows and doors to avoid the cold.

Martin explained how he and his son slept in the living room wearing hoodies and carrying hot water bottles to fight the “frozen” flat.

He mentions using a squeeze every morning to clear the thickening from the windows.

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The frustrated father showed how the flat’s radiators and boilers were leaking and adding to his worries.

The unused downstairs bedroom also has a hole in the floor under the carpet.

“It’s terrible,” Martin told the Scottish Sun.

He continued: “We’ve been stuck at home since 2017.”

Martin is a tenant of Sanctuary Housing, which claims to have done nothing to repair the damage.

He claimed that people from the Housing Association had come to inspect the property, but no work had been done to repair the wet walls or loose windows.

Martin and his son were moved to a hotel in May last year when asbestos-containing materials were found in the property.

Martin said: “They took us to a hotel for a day or two, but when we got back we only thought it was asbestos.


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“We haven’t done anything since then.”

Martin described how the nightmare had affected him: “It really made my depression worse.”

The father, anxious to do something, reached out to the council and the housing charity Shelter.

North Lanarkshire Council was unable to assist Martin, and Shelter currently has an open file.

Sanctuary Scotland said it had carried out “major” repairs and had no “recent reports” of repairs.

The company has said it will keep in touch with Martin to arrange a new tour of the flat.

A spokesman for Sanctuary Scotland said: “While we have been making major repairs to Mr McSheffer’s home since the end of 2019, including replacing the fallen floor, installing a new boiler and plastering the walls, There is no work left and we do not have any recent work.

“We will talk to Mr McSheffer about his concerns as soon as possible and with his agreement, we will arrange a visit to his property for inspection.”

The roof is covered in mold.

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The roof is covered in mold.
The cold is freezing too.

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The cold is freezing too.
The kitchen floor is worn out.

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The kitchen floor is worn out.

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