Woman forced to sleep on sofa after bedroom ceiling is knocked down and not replaced

Sarah Narimembe cannot sleep in her bedroom as it is a health hazard

Her ceiling was taken down after a leak but has never been replaced

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A woman has been left suffering from depression after Enfield Homes failed to replace her bedroom ceiling when it started to leak.

Sarah Narimembe, 50, of Hadrians Ride, in Bush Hill Park, has been stuck with a fibreglass ceiling for almost a year, forcing her to sleep on the sofa.

“I noticed a crack in the ceiling in October 2012 in the corner of my bedroom and it was causing a leak,” Ms Narimembe told the Enfield Independent.

“I called Enfield Homes up and they did nothing, so the mould was spread more and more which was bad for me health.”

The hotel attendant claims that Enfield Homes then removed the ceiling on September 2, 2013, and told her they would put a new ceiling on in the coming months.

She said: “The knocked down the ceiling leaving the area where the leak was right open. They said they would be back in December. But they did nothing.

“I cannot sleep in that room anymore, every time it rains I fill up buckets and buckets of water. Nobody should be made to live like this.”

Forced to sleep in her front room, Ms Narimembe revealed this has caused her great pain and left her depressed.

She said: “Who pays rent to live like this? It is disgraceful. It is has given me tension and depression, I sleep in pain.

“No one has helped me. I can’t pay the rent after two years like this in Britain, I never lived in places like this in Africa.”

The 50-year-old last received a visit from Enfield Homes in March but has yet to hear back from them regarding her ceiling.

She added: “My friends told me not to go in that room because it is a health hazard from the fibreglass and it will make you ill breathing it in.”

An Enfield Homes spokesperson said: “Due to delays by Enfield Homes’ contractor these works were re-assigned in August.

“The new contractor is currently negotiating access with this tenant’s neighbour in order to erect scaffolding. Enfield Homes regrets this delay and inconvenience and will be meeting Ms Narimembe as soon as possible to apologise.”

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11:17am Sat 30 Aug 14

aaronaustin says...

hi i have the same problem we had a horrible tennant above us and now our celing in the bathroom toilet kitchen and passage has fallen down and me and my mum and sister are all really ill now and we have had plaster board and rocks fall on our heads and were all on lots of medication now and the council have done nothing in theory thay have basically said we dont care and they have left us in a state now i have depression and stress and an injury to cope with aswell im seeing a phsyciatrist im so angry and un happy
hi i have the same problem we had a horrible tennant above us and now our celing in the bathroom toilet kitchen and passage has fallen down and me and my mum and sister are all really ill now and we have had plaster board and rocks fall on our heads and were all on lots of medication now and the council have done nothing in theory thay have basically said we dont care and they have left us in a state now i have depression and stress and an injury to cope with aswell im seeing a phsyciatrist im so angry and un happy aaronaustin
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6:23pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Enfieldian14 says...

aaronaustin wrote:
hi i have the same problem we had a horrible tennant above us and now our celing in the bathroom toilet kitchen and passage has fallen down and me and my mum and sister are all really ill now and we have had plaster board and rocks fall on our heads and were all on lots of medication now and the council have done nothing in theory thay have basically said we dont care and they have left us in a state now i have depression and stress and an injury to cope with aswell im seeing a phsyciatrist im so angry and un happy
It must be bad - it's affected your ability to spell and punctuate.

I'd seek compo if I were you.
[quote][p][bold]aaronaustin[/bold] wrote: hi i have the same problem we had a horrible tennant above us and now our celing in the bathroom toilet kitchen and passage has fallen down and me and my mum and sister are all really ill now and we have had plaster board and rocks fall on our heads and were all on lots of medication now and the council have done nothing in theory thay have basically said we dont care and they have left us in a state now i have depression and stress and an injury to cope with aswell im seeing a phsyciatrist im so angry and un happy[/p][/quote]It must be bad - it's affected your ability to spell and punctuate. I'd seek compo if I were you. Enfieldian14
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2:43pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Andy_Pagin says...

Really helpful comment Enfieldian14, now go and crawl back under your stone.
Really helpful comment Enfieldian14, now go and crawl back under your stone. Andy_Pagin
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