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Family-of-five forced to live in Travelodge to escape ‘mouldy’ home

A mum-of-four claims her family has been forced to live in a Travelodge – because staying in her mouldy home is like “hell”.

Jenni Bamblett, 31, has a property in East Malling, Kent – but is too scared to stay there.

She said how her children were able to put their hands through the walls and how the floor has recently been collapsing.

This led to her feeling as if she would pass out whenever she entered the house, as she believes her family’s health was at great risk.

And Jenni claimed she and her children have not had their Covid vaccinations yet due to some of the health effects from the house.

She said the family moved into the home in November 2016, and began to notice problems the following year.

“The boiler and radiators were leaking and I also found damp patches on the ceiling from the radiators.

“The floor was also collapsing and there was a massive big gap in the front room.”

Jenni explained how her children could put their hands and feet inside the gaping hole in the wall.

The mum was diagnosed with autism in 2015 and also has children on the spectrum, which she says makes things even more challenging.

“It was absolutely horrible to have this happen in my own home,” she said.

“I have autism which made the situation even more upsetting, especially the fact that I couldn’t do anything about it.

“It’s basically been hell, I just want to break down and don’t know what to do or where to go.”

Jenni has been paying for the family to stay in hotels due to the health risk of staying in her home, but she says that has been very difficult.

The mum says she even put a banner up on the house urging the landlord to repair the property.

“It’s been very difficult having to stay in hotels, I’m the one paying,” she said.

“I lived for four years in the home and even put a banner up outside the house saying ‘Clarion fix your disrepair’.

“I went to everyone and no one really wanted to know.”

Jenni says she has received treatment for chest infections while living in the home, and the whole family has been prescribed inhalers.

They have also reportedly been left unable to have the COVID vaccine due to some of the health effects from the house, which Jenni says has made her feel vulnerable.

“I moved back into the home but after six weeks I began to feel very poorly and would collapse,” she said.

“I now can’t even go in there for five minutes without feeling like I’m going to pass out or have breathing problems.

“Whenever I’m in the house I’m feeling ill all the time, but the vaccine could also have an adverse effect with my health problems.

“I feel scared by not having the vaccine and feel like I’m in danger.”

In a plea to the landlord, Jenni added: “Please, please stop leaving people in houses that are dangerous.

“Stop people living in this way because it’s just not on.”

A spokesperson for Clarion said: “The wellbeing of our residents is our absolute top priority and we have been working closely with the family and the local authority for some time.

“While the local authority’s Environmental Health Team has previously found no evidence of an impact on the health of the family, we have completed a significant amount of work at the property and we are committed to ensuring the family is comfortable in their home.

“We continue to work with the family to resolve any concerns.

“There are no current health risks posed by the property. If there were, we would not hesitate to move the family to suitable temporary accommodation until safe to return.”