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Lemington retiree lashes out at housing bosses after cracks and mold appear on his walls UK News

A retiree is pushing for repairs to be made to his home after cracks started appearing on his walls months ago.

Dave Lambert moved into his one bedroom bungalow in St George’s Place, Lemington, Newcastle over two years ago.

The 70-year-old, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, says he decided to live in a bungalow for health reasons.

But for a year and a half, cracks have appeared on the walls of his rooms, including his bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. There is also mold in her bedroom, above her bed.

Mr Lambert says the matter has been reported to Your Homes Newcastle on several occasions with his son Marc, 38, making the majority of the calls on his behalf.

And although surveyors have already visited the property to assess the problem, no work has yet taken place to repair the cracks.

Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) states that the property is safe and structurally sound.

Mr Lambert told ChronicleLive: “As the days go by, more and more cracks develop. Cracks are in every room, some are worse than others.

“There were cracks in the walls when I moved into this bungalow but they had been filled. Over time, they became detached and the situation worsened.

Dave Lambert says cracks have been appearing on his bedroom walls for months
Dave Lambert says cracks have been appearing on his bedroom walls for months

“We’ve been contacting Your Homes Newcastle for about a year and a half. Their surveyors have come to take a look, but no work has been done.”

The grandfather of two says the situation has depressed him.

“I suffer from depression and it depends on the state of my house,” he added. “My garden is immaculate and I have made efforts to make it so. But when I get home it’s like this – cracks and mold.

Mold also appeared in Dave Lambert's bedroom
Mold also appeared in Dave Lambert’s bedroom

YHN says it has taken steps to address the issues raised.

A spokesperson added: “We are sorry that Mr Lambert’s experience did not live up to our usual standard and would like to reassure him that we will be in contact to rectify this as soon as possible.

“We would like to reassure Mr. Lambert that we have no concerns about the structural issues on his property and that the cracks he has noticed are decorative and not indicative of a bigger problem.”