Mum says it feels like the Council is ‘waiting for us to die’ in a moldy flat.

Beverly Simms poses for photographs at her home in Kentish Town, north London, Britain January 10, 2023. Facundo Arrizabalaga/MyLondon

Beverley Simms said she found mold on her clothes (Image: MYLONDON/BPM MEDIA)

One mum has said it feels like the Council is “waiting for us to die” in a mold-ridden apartment.

Beverley Simms, 61, moved into her north London flat with her daughter Shenika Francis, 24, in 2021 and says the mold has spread throughout her home.

She claims when they viewed the apartment in Kentish Town there didn’t seem to be any problems, but just a few months later it was a different story altogether.

Beverley said she called the council about the growing problem in January last year, but it wasn’t until April, when mold had spread to the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms, that someone came, she says.

After a worker visited the home in April, Beverly assumed the council was looking into the matter, but eight months later she says still nothing has been done.

As the mold continued to invade their bedrooms, Beverley and Shenika, who works with special needs children, were forced to sleep in the living room and also brought all their clothes with them.

Beverley Simms, 61, and her daughter Shenika Francis, 24, moved into their council housing in Kentish Town in October 2021

Caption: Beverley Simms, 61, and her daughter Shenika Francis, 24, moved into their council housing in Kentish Town in October 2021. Photographer: Facundo Arrizabalaga Provider: MYLONDON/BPM MEDIA Source: MYLONDON/BPM MEDIA (Credits: MYLONDON/BPM MEDIA)

Beverley Simms, 61, and her daughter Shenika Francis, 24, moved into their council housing in Kentish Town in October 2021

Beverley Simms, 61, and her daughter Shenika Francis, 24, moved into their council flat in Kentish Town in October 2021 (Image: MYLONDON/BPM MEDIA)

Beverly Simms (not pictured) poses for photographs at her home in Kentish Town, north London, Britain January 10, 2023. Facundo Arrizabalaga/MyLondon

They had to throw away all their clothes because of mold (Image: MYLONDON/BPM MEDIA)

Beverly Simms (not pictured) poses for photographs at her home in Kentish Town, north London, Britain January 10, 2023. Facundo Arrizabalaga/MyLondon

Her whole house is covered in mold (Image: MYLONDON/BPM MEDIA)

At one point, Beverly claims that mold was on her tongue when it landed on her toothbrush.

Now she says they discovered the mold on the sofa they sleep on.

Beverley also felt dizzy and had trouble vomiting, while she and her daughter both had headaches, and claims these are all symptoms of living with mold and fungi.

A medical certificate states that it is “very important that Beverly is relocated as soon as possible”.

It also said the mold “causes stress and stress and worsens her symptoms of dizziness and palpitations.”

She said it felt like Camden Council was “waiting for us to die” and thought of Awaab Ishak, the toddler who died from prolonged exposure to mold.

The mother and daughter were offered another plot of land but they claim the council is refusing to make any repairs they have requested.

They also want compensation because they have bought many new things for the house and believe that it is not their fault that their belongings were destroyed,

A spokesman for Camden Council said their focus is getting Beverley and Shenika into their new homes.

They said: “They admitted that tackling the causes of dampness and mold was ‘complicated’ because the municipality is the tenant of the apartment but not the owner of the building.

They said: “We are here to help Mrs. Simms and her daughter. Our focus right now is to help the family move permanently to another home as soon as possible.

“We have found a new home, furnished it and offer the basic equipment so that the family can move in immediately when the home is ready.

“Tackling the causes of damp and mold has been made difficult by the fact that Camden Council does not own the building, but we are treating this matter as a priority and are in regular contact with the family.”

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