Pregnant 17-year-old mum-of-two ashamed of damp and smelly council home
7th July 2021

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A young mum-of-two has spoken up about her embarrassment around her home as damp has caused it to smell bad.

She added that she was too ashamed to invite friends over due to the odours in the council house.

Sophie Smith, 17, revealed that she had to spray air freshener all over her home each day to try and mask the overwhelming stench.

The young woman has lived in the property on in Dewsbury, Yorkshire since February and has had a host of workmen in to try and fix the problem.

It’s believed that the damp originates in the basement, reports YorkshireLive.

Unfortunately, the smell of the damp has continued to be an issue.

And, Sophie, who is currently pregnant with her third child, claims that it is affecting the health of her children.

She said: "It's getting me down. I am always at the doctors with them as they are having chesty coughs all the time.

"I have to leave the windows open as much as possible and I keep my clothes in the kitchen otherwise they smell of damp if I keep them downstairs.

"From the first day I walked through the door on February 4 I could smell there was something wrong."

She added: "My friends don't say anything but it is awkward. It would be nice to have a sweet-smelling home I could invite them to.

"Workmen have been round plastering the area in the basement where there's a problem but the problem seems deeper rooted than that."

Plus, Sophie’s mum, Angela Harrison, thinks her daughter and grandchildren need to move out of the property.

She said: "Something needs to be done. The kids are forever getting poorly and it does smell here.

"It hits you as soon as you walk through the door. I think she needs to move, it's not good."

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Sophie has reportedly brought the issue to the attention of the council, but specialist work is required to permanently get rid of the damp.

Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, Clr Cathy Scott, said: "We are aware of the ongoing issues with damp in Ms Smith's home.

"We have been investigating this for several months now to establish the exact cause of the damp, several remedial works have already taken place and detailed survey work has identified the need for specialist work which should alleviate the issue."

The Daily Star contacted Kirklees Council for comment.

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