A DISABLED man has been forced to wear “stinking clothes” and is unable to cook at home after waiting weeks for his house to be repaired.
James Lowe-Dobson, 54, moved into the rented property in Hull, East Yorkshire, but call the property a ‘c**phole’.
James and his wife Sam have been forced to wear stinking clothes after the council failed to fix their washing machine[/caption]
They live in the property with their son, 24, his girlfriend, 22 and their daughter, 23[/caption]
But Mr Lowe-Dobson claims he has been waiting since then for a host of things to be fixed by Hull City Council, including a new kitchen to be fitted after the original was ripped out a couple of weeks ago.
He claims that no fixed date has been given as to when the work will be completed and the family has been forced to use a microwave to cook.
Mr Lowe-Dobson is in constant pain and has to use two sticks to get about due to suffering with lower spine degenerative disease.
He said that the uncertainty has left him stressed and depressed – and he has branded his house a ‘c**phole’.
They live in the property with their son, 24, his girlfriend, 22 and their daughter, 23.
He has two stents fitted in his heart and says the housing issues he is facing has worsened his health.
Mr Lowe-Dobson said: “When the kitchen was taken out we were just left with a tiny cooker-come-microwave to plug in to the living room but there’s five of us and we can’t cook on it at all for our meals.
I’ve got heart problems too and the stress of trying to get the council to complete all the work that needs doing in the house but getting nowhere with it has just brought me down even more.”
“So we haven’t been able to eat properly and can’t clean our clothes as the washing machine is no longer plumbed in, so we are just having to wear stinking clothes whilst we wait for it to be fitted again.
“My stomach is constantly turning with worry waiting to see if the work will be done and I’ve even been sick with it.
“It’s made me depressed and I can’t take any more of the waiting. It’s driving me nuts and I’m very upset with it. The council are soon to take rent and tax off us, but clearly aren’t doing the work.
“I’m in constant pain all the time with my back even though I take painkillers and I can’t be operated on due to the risk of paralysis, so have to just get about on two sticks.
“I’ve got heart problems too and the stress of trying to get the council to complete all the work that needs doing in the house but getting nowhere with it has just brought me down even more.”
It’s made me depressed and I can’t take any more of the waiting. It’s driving me nuts and I’m very upset with it.
When Mr Lowe-Dobson and his family moved into the property off Priory Road on July 29, he said it was clear that a lot of work needed to be done to the home, and describes it as a “c**phole”.
But he claims he and his wife Sam have struggled to get in touch with the council for the work to be carried on, with the kitchen not being the only thing in the home that needs fixing.
Mr Lowe-Dobson said: “My wife was on the phone for two and three-quarter hours to get through to the council the other day for a 10 minute call just to be fobbed off.
“It’s ridiculous trying to get an answer from them [the council] and like talking to a brick wall.
“It’s an absolute c**phole and lots of work needs doing.
“There’s cigarette burns on the window sills and scratches and the property has clearly been neglected.
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“There’s no flooring in the living room or dining room and in the dining room the thresholds are fitted inwards on the bottom rather than outwards so all the wet comes inside when it rains.
“The skirting is raised in the hallway and needs lowering and the hinges don’t work on the windows.
“Something needs to be done and we feel like we have nowhere else to turn – it’s just not fair.”
Hull City Council has been approached for a comment.
Exposed wires protrude through the plasterboard[/caption]
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