A DALTON man claims he has been left to live in a smelly, damp-ridden council house for months.
Darren Gilbert has lived in his bungalow in Cow Heys for three years, but early last year started noticing damp patches in his bathroom.
The problem spread to walls of his kitchen, where the inside of the cupboards are now infested with mould.
Mr Gilbert, 37, says the problem is now causing an unpleasant stench in his home and affecting his quality of life.
He claims Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing has so far failed to properly investigate and fix the problem.
He said: “I’m concerned about the health and safety aspect. I have suffered from health problems in the past and if the damp gets worse this could make me feel unwell.
“It’s also affecting my quality of life as I feel I can’t invite people round to my own home because the smell is so bad.”
Mr Gilbert, who lives alone, said the damp started from the ceiling of his en-suite bathroom.
He then noticed that the problem had spread to his kitchen when the cupboards where he keeps his plates and utensils started to reek.
Mr Gilbert complained to KNH, who sent a workman to his house in October.
He says the worker did patch up the damp but it has since returned and he claims his subsequent calls to the council have been ignored.
The problem got so bad that Mr Gilbert had to completely redecorate the kitchen and bathroom – a job he says cost him hundreds of pounds.
He said: “I went to a lot of trouble but as soon as I had finished redecorating I could see the damp coming back.
“It’s horrible, particularly in the kitchen cupboards where the smell hits you when you open them.
“Since the worker came round I feel KNH haven’t helped and that I’m being messed around by them.
“The money I’ve spent isn’t the issue; I just want the security of feeling like I can do what I want in my own home.”
A spokeswoman for KNH said that the damp is now due to be repaired.
She said: “We’re very sorry that Mr Gilbert is having problems with damp in his home.
“We carried out treatments last year but have had no further reports of problems. However, earlier this month, Mr Gilbert reported mould in a different area.
“A surveyor visited Mr Gilbert’s home on March 13 and a repair has now been ordered. This will be carried out within 25 working days.
“If the problem persists after treatment, then we ask Mr Gilbert to get in touch with us so we can carry out further investigations.”