A MUM says she has been made homeless with her four children after sewage spilled over her council flat – and the leak now attracts rats to their home.
Lauren Woodward claims she was forced to leave her home just two days before Christmas because of the issue and has been living with friends and in a hotel for ten weeks.
Lauren says she was made homeless after sewage spilled over her council flatCredit: BPM
The mum-of-four is currently living at a hotel with her kids as they wait for repairs to finishCredit: BPM
The 25-year-old says on December 23, dirty water started pouring out of the bathroom taps at her flat in Birmingham, which is above a fish and chip shop.
She and her kids, aged between one and four lived with family and friends over the Christmas period but they have since been living in a hotel while waiting for repairs to be carried out.
The distressed mum told Birmingham Mail: “I really can’t take much more – I am at the end of my tether.
“I can’t live in a hotel with my kids for much longer. Enough is enough. No-one should be expected to put up living like this.”
She said she knew that the work wouldn’t be carried out over the Christmas period and were okay to move out for a couple of weeks while repairs were made.
However, she has been left furious as she claims Birmingham City Council still hasn’t completed the works after ten weeks.
She also says her flat now has rats due to the sewage spill.
“More than two months later we are still waiting to move back into my flat,” Lauren added.
“I have made countless calls to Birmingham City Council but I just don’t seem to be getting anywhere.
“It is just not fair expecting someone to put up with this. The water is disgusting and the leak is now attracting rats in the roof.”
Birmingham City Council said they are aware of the tenant’s complaints but they have had difficulty getting access to the property on a few occasions.
A spokesperson said: “We apologise for any distress that problems with the property has caused to the tenant and their family.
“A plumber attended earlier this week to check the water quality. They advised it is free from contaminants and no sewage is present.
“We have also had an emergency raised from the property for a ‘secure property engineer’ to visit it and attend due to a broken door. This was secured at the request of the tenant or their partner.
They also said the drainage problems were due to it being blocked by baby wipes.
Two paving slabs need to be re-laid following the drainage works, which the council says will be completed this week weather permitting.
“There was also an outstanding job for glazing to a bedroom window – this was made safe previously and completed this week. A pest control officer visited the property this week following a complaint of rats but was refused access,” the spokesperson continues.
“While works were continuing we arranged for temporary accommodation for the tenant as repairs were ongoing to the flat and will work with them to ensure that all the issues are resolved.”
Lauren has disputed some of the council’s statement saying she was only offered temporary housing last week.
She also says she didn’t refuse the pest control officer access to the property and the outstanding job was for a kitchen window and not a bedroom one.
Lauren Woodward is suffering sewage problems at her flat in BirminghamCredit: BPM
She claims Birmingham City Council still hasn’t completed the works after ten weeksCredit: BPM