Renfrewshire council set to tackle pregnant mum’s damp home


Renfrewshire Council is finally ready to tackle a social flat tenant’s damp problems years after first reporting the problem.

Annemarie Devlin, who is pregnant and a mother of two, had reported the issue when she first moved into her Foxbar council flat seven years ago, now council have agreed the issue needs to be addressed.

Earlier this month we reported how Annemarie first noticed the problem a few weeks after moving into the house in 2015 and reported it to Renfrewshire Council.

However, seven years later, she claimed the council had still not found a solution.

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Following our coverage, the council has been in constant dialogue with Ms Devlin about her problem and they have plans in place to eradicate the mold that has invaded the house.

The council agreed to attend on Wednesday June 29 to meet Ms Devlin about her issues and a plan was put in place to resolve the long-term issue.

The council have started moving the insulation in the attic as it was causing cold spots on various ceilings, with a plan in place to tackle other rooms in the future.

Speaking about the property at Foxbar, a council spokesperson said: ‘Our repair agent and rot contractor have made several visits to Ms Devlin’s property over the past two weeks to carry out repairs.

“Our team has wiped down and treated all areas of mold in the property, with the exception of a large closet which requires wall insulation, with antifungal paint. The mold in the closet will be addressed once our team will have isolated its walls.

“Any drainage issues in the property have also been checked and minor faults repaired.”

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The statement went on to say, “The mold buildup in the property was caused by condensation. Our contractor will be installing new extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom and an additional extractor fan in Mrs. Devlin’s house to help reduce condensation in the property.

“Our teams have advised Ms Devlin on how to reduce humidity levels in her home and will continue to work with her until all repairs are complete.”

The mother of two, and soon to be three, has spoken out in the past about how it has affected her mental and physical health.

Annemarie says she’s at her wit’s end in the wet property

Now that the problem is solved, Annemarie feels much better about the situation.

She told us, “I feel like I’m in a better place now that the council has come out and talked to me. After all these years of ignorance, it is good to tackle the problem.

“While I’m not entirely happy with the way the situation was handled and the way I was treated, I’m just happy the board noticed how serious the issue is.

“They said the extractor fans in the house would help get rid of the mold and keep my windows open too, to help air circulation.

“So hopefully this is the beginning of the end of my mold problems at home.”

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