A disabled woman who feared she would burn to death in her first floor flat has finally been able to move – but it’s not quite what she expected.
The woman, who does not want to be named, waited for more than four months to be moved to ground floor accommodation by Hull City Council, and was finally given the keys to a new home in Bransholme last week.
However, she believes the state of the flat “should be seen to be believed”, and says she was horrified when she said the council told her she would have to pay for all redecorating costs herself.
“The council had worked quickly since I first went to Hull Live, and I was so excited to pick up my keys,” said the 54-year-old.
“But you should have seen my face when I walked through the door and saw what state it was in.
“A lot of work has been done to the flat such as new heating and rewiring, but the walls have been left as crumbling plaster and there is no proper flooring.
“I get £220 every fortnight, so how am I supposed to pay for a plasterer to come in? The walls are so bad I can’t just paint over them.”
The woman says she was told by council workers there was “no money in the budget to pay for the redecorating”, and that she was “totally responsible” for paying for anything done to the flat.
She says she was also given a week’s grace period on rent to compensate, a total of £63, but the electricity and gas have yet to be connected meaning she cannot fully live in the accommodation.
“The location is brilliant, I’m just 10 minutes away from my elderly mother and the council have worked quickly for me, but I just can’t believe I am expected to pay for new plastering and putting paint on the walls”, said the woman.
“The only rooms left liveable are the bathroom and the kitchen, but the rest of them look horrendous.
“I cannot afford to carry out the extent of decorating that needs doing. I’m currently waiting for a quote to come through, but I know it will be too much.”
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