Jade Fargo, 32, said the family-of-five are often poorly and suffer from coughs Truro flat is owned by Cornwall Council, who allegedly do nothing to solve issueMould is so bad that it is growing overnight and has caused an electrical fire

A mother has shared striking images of the horrific, damp and mouldy flat she shares with her wife and three young children in Cornwall.

Jade Fargo says the conditions of the flat are so bad that the family-of-five are nearly always poorly, leaving her feeling like ‘a failure’.

The 32-year-old first moved into the Truro flat – owned by Cornwall Housing, a Cornwall Council company – three years ago.

Since then, damp and mould spores have plagued their daily lives and she claims the housing association is not interested in diagnosing and resolving the issues.

Mother-of-three shares shocking images of the inside of her damp-ridden council flat with mould growing out of the plug sockets and rotting carpets

Jade Fargo has shared images of the horrific, damp and mouldy flat she shares with her wife and three young childre. The flat is owned by a Cornwall Council company

Mother-of-three shares shocking images of the inside of her damp-ridden council flat with mould growing out of the plug sockets and rotting carpets

The mother-of-three said she is concerned for her children’s health but claims the housing association is not interested in diagnosing and resolving the issues

She and her partner are more concerned than ever after the death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak in Rotherham.

Horrifying images from inside the home of the toddler laid bare the damp and mouldy conditions that caused the toddler’s death in Manchester.

His parents, Faisal Abdullah and Aisha Amin, issued a heartbreaking statement saying they ‘shouted as loudly as we could, but nothing changed.’

Now Jade has shared similar images of the home she shares with her wife and three daughters, aged two, three and six.

‘Our flat is full of mould to the point that we even have mould growing out of the plug sockets,’ explained Jade.

‘Every time I phone [Cornwall Housing] I get fobbed of. I had someone come out from Mouldex (a private company that deals with mould and condensation control) this week who told us the flat is completely unsafe, took a plug off and it was black and damp with mould.

‘We’ve already had one electrical fire this year because of it.

‘The council aren’t doing anything to help us. They just keep referring us on to other departments that take another three working days or ten working days to contact us.

‘I’ve got three kids aged two, three and six and a two-year-old boy in Rotherham has died because of the same problems we’re having at the minute.

‘We honestly can’t live like this anymore. I’ve had to stop working completely because my asthma has got so bad.

‘I’ve been eight months on the strongest inhalers I can have and steroid tablets every other month.

‘My kids are constantly poorly with chesty coughs, especially the younger two.’

Mother-of-three shares shocking images of the inside of her damp-ridden council flat with mould growing out of the plug sockets and rotting carpets

Mrs Fargo said that mould is growing out of the plug sockets, making her children unwell and leading her to feel like ‘a failure’

She went on to explain how they have had to replace the carpets with linoleum this year saying the mould had destroyed the flooring.

‘The mould had literally eaten the carpets. I had to replace our children’s bunk bed because the mould had ruined their first one,’ she said.

They also had a new kitchen fitted last year and when the previous one was demolished it revealed the kitchen and bathroom wall was completely infested with mould.

‘But that was just built over again,’ she added.

‘It makes you feel awful. We do everything that we can and I get up an hour before the kids in the morning to clean the mould that has grown overnight.

‘I unfortunately can’t work due to various health conditions, but I used to work full time and since I’ve not been unable to work its unfortunately how we’ve ended up in social housing.

‘It makes me feel like a failure because we can’t afford to privately rent, but if we could, we might be able to get somewhere that wasn’t mouldy. But that’s not just an option for us.’

She continued: ‘The thing that really frustrates me is that on the estate we live on over the summer houses were available on the estate and I was begging the council to move into one of these properties, but they said they couldn’t move us because we had to bid like everybody else. The closest we’ve ever got is 49th in line. It’s just not going to happen.

‘I’m focusing on what I can do to get my family and my children into a safe home. We’re not asking for a four-bedroom penthouse overlooking the sea. All we want is somewhere safe for our kids. It’s really scary.’

Mother-of-three shares shocking images of the inside of her damp-ridden council flat with mould growing out of the plug sockets and rotting carpets

Mrs Fargo said the family had replaced the carpets once before but the mould continues to invade the rest of their home

Mother-of-three shares shocking images of the inside of her damp-ridden council flat with mould growing out of the plug sockets and rotting carpets

Horrifying images from inside the Rochdale home of two-year-old Awaab Ishak laid bare the damp and mouldy conditions that caused his tragic death

Mother-of-three shares shocking images of the inside of her damp-ridden council flat with mould growing out of the plug sockets and rotting carpets

Senior coroner Joanne Kearsley said the death of Awaab suffered prolonged exposure to mould and this should be a ‘defining moment’ for the housing sector. Pictured: The mould in Awaab’s family home

A Cornwall Housing spokesperson said: ‘We, like everyone else, have been shocked to learn the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Awaab Ishak and our hearts go out to his family.

‘We take seriously our responsibilities as the landlord of more than 10,000 social homes across Cornwall. The health and safety of our tenants is our priority and as soon as we are made aware of an issue with damp and mould we will work with tenants to identify the cause and how to resolve the issue. We cannot comment on specific cases, but are working with the tenant to address the concerns identified.

‘Our longer term aims include reviewing our housing stock to pick up on any early signs of damp – using new technology in homes to monitor the level of water in the atmosphere and condensation levels. Any Cornwall Housing tenants concerned about mould and damp in their homes can contact the team on 0300 1234 161.’


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