Family’s despair at wearing ‘stinking clothes’ and living in ‘c**phole’ home

A man claims he and his family have been forced to wear "stinking clothes" and are unable to cook properly after waiting weeks for the council to repair his house.

James Lowe-Dobson, 54, moved into the west Hull rented property with his wife Sam, son, 24, his girlfriend, 22 and their daughter, 23, in July.

But he claims he has been waiting since then for a host of things to be fixed, including a new kitchen to be fitted after the original was ripped out a couple of weeks ago, reports Hull Live.

The dad-of-two says his family have nowhere to cook or wash their clothes since all the appliances were removed. He claims that no fixed date has been given as to when the work will be completed.


And the disabled 54-year-old, who has to use two sticks to get about due to suffering with lower spine degenerative disease, has described his property as a "c**phole" which he says has worsened his health problems.

"When the kitchen was taken out we were just left with a tiny cooker-come-microwave to plug in to the living room but there's five of us and we can't cook on it at all for our meals," he said.

"So we haven't been able to eat properly and can't clean our clothes as the washing machine is no longer plumbed in, so we are just having to wear stinking clothes whilst we wait for it to be fitted again.

"My stomach is constantly turning with worry waiting to see if the work will be done and I've even been sick with it.

"It's made me depressed and I can't take any more of the waiting. It's driving me nuts and I'm very upset with it. The council are soon to take rent and tax off us, but clearly aren't doing the work."

He added: "I'm in constant pain all the time with my back even though I take painkillers and I can't be operated on due to the risk of paralysis, so have to just get about on two sticks.

"I've got heart problems too and the stress of trying to get the council to complete all the work that needs doing in the house but getting nowhere with it has just brought me down even more."

When Mr Lowe-Dobson and his family moved in to the property on July 29, he says it was clear that a lot of work needed to be done.

But he claims he and his wife Sam have struggled to get in touch with the council for the work to be carried on, with the kitchen not being the only thing in the home that needs fixing.

"My wife was on the phone for two and three quarter hours to get through to the council the other day for a 10 minute call just to be fobbed off," said Mr Lowe-Dobson.


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