Council tenant wins four-year repairs battle

Thurrock Gazette: Alan Scott in front of the damp in his home which he fought the council fix Alan Scott in front of the damp in his home which he fought the council fix

A DISABLED council tenant has won a four-year battle with Thurrock Council to have repairs carried out on his house.

Alan Scott, 41, who lives in Parkside Avenue, Tilbury, took the authority to court to get work carried out on his damp-ridden property.

Mr Scott, who told how he is diabetic, asthmatic and has suffered from depression, secured a court order following a dispute which began back in 2009.

It means the council has had to carry out work to a standard set by a surveyor appointed by Mr Scott, having originally refused.

Damp had set in all over the property, but was worst in the downstairs shower-room and one of the upstairs bedrooms.

It was successfully argued that Thurrock Council was in breach of its tenancy agreement and the council lost its case at Southend County Court, after it failed to submit paper work on why repairs had not been carried out.

The council has now finished sorting the property out, but Mr Scott is not stopping there and is seeking compensation for the items he has lost and the deterioration to his health.

He said: “I think they have taken the mick out of me. It’s taken for me to have to seek legal advice and take them to court to get these problems sorted out.

“It’s been really hard for me and had a big impact on my health. On some occasions I was tearful at the way the council treated me.”

He added: “The council have to pay me £1,198 as they didn’t complete the work in time.

“But that doesn’t cover the things i’ve lost, that have been ruined by the damp, the problems this has caused my health and the rent i’ve had to pay.”

The council declined several offers by the Gazette to respond.

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5:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

rocket1 says...

a job might help him overcome his ailments.
a job might help him overcome his ailments. rocket1
  • Score: 10

5:48pm Sat 25 Jan 14

TOBI13 says...

hhmm i wonder if this might set a pattern for other dissatisfied tenants?????
hhmm i wonder if this might set a pattern for other dissatisfied tenants????? TOBI13
  • Score: 4

8:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

cynic all says...

Since when are the conditions he suffers suitable for the Disabled label , Lazy more like.
Since when are the conditions he suffers suitable for the Disabled label , Lazy more like. cynic all
  • Score: 6

8:56am Sun 26 Jan 14

mpgrays says...

Maybe you can spend some of that '£1198 the council owe you' on a dehumidifier, as your too busy sitting on the sofa to open a window, just a thought Mr Workshy!
Maybe you can spend some of that '£1198 the council owe you' on a dehumidifier, as your too busy sitting on the sofa to open a window, just a thought Mr Workshy! mpgrays
  • Score: 7

8:19am Mon 27 Jan 14

Bernard 87 says...

I'm happy with the tone of comments. I thought I was the only one who was wondering whether a job might help his illnesses. Fresh air, exercise and a purpose in life can work wonders for your health in most cases.
I'm happy with the tone of comments. I thought I was the only one who was wondering whether a job might help his illnesses. Fresh air, exercise and a purpose in life can work wonders for your health in most cases. Bernard 87
  • Score: 5

12:32pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Rob-C100 says...

He should try living in the real world. As a homeowner, if something goes wrong in my house guess who pays the repair bill? Me. If I lose my job, what do I do? Look for another one. Great Britain is now broken.............
He should try living in the real world. As a homeowner, if something goes wrong in my house guess who pays the repair bill? Me. If I lose my job, what do I do? Look for another one. Great Britain is now broken............. Rob-C100
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

andyp71 says...

Rob-C100 wrote:
He should try living in the real world. As a homeowner, if something goes wrong in my house guess who pays the repair bill? Me. If I lose my job, what do I do? Look for another one. Great Britain is now broken.............
I agree with the whole work shy comments but why when someone pays rent should they not have the property in a livable condition?

You are paying to buy your house which at the end of it you will own, people who rent will not own the property and are paying for a service from their landlord. Simple fact is that if you rent you expect that the landlord will keep the place in a good condition which never seems to be the case for TBC
[quote][p][bold]Rob-C100[/bold] wrote: He should try living in the real world. As a homeowner, if something goes wrong in my house guess who pays the repair bill? Me. If I lose my job, what do I do? Look for another one. Great Britain is now broken.............[/p][/quote]I agree with the whole work shy comments but why when someone pays rent should they not have the property in a livable condition? You are paying to buy your house which at the end of it you will own, people who rent will not own the property and are paying for a service from their landlord. Simple fact is that if you rent you expect that the landlord will keep the place in a good condition which never seems to be the case for TBC andyp71
  • Score: 8

2:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Jb66 says...

andyp71 wrote:
Rob-C100 wrote:
He should try living in the real world. As a homeowner, if something goes wrong in my house guess who pays the repair bill? Me. If I lose my job, what do I do? Look for another one. Great Britain is now broken.............
I agree with the whole work shy comments but why when someone pays rent should they not have the property in a livable condition?

You are paying to buy your house which at the end of it you will own, people who rent will not own the property and are paying for a service from their landlord. Simple fact is that if you rent you expect that the landlord will keep the place in a good condition which never seems to be the case for TBC
I agree, he pays his rent, he deserves to have a habitable house. I do not know him well enough to comment on whether he should get a job or not, there aren't many jobs around especially if you have a disability.
[quote][p][bold]andyp71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rob-C100[/bold] wrote: He should try living in the real world. As a homeowner, if something goes wrong in my house guess who pays the repair bill? Me. If I lose my job, what do I do? Look for another one. Great Britain is now broken.............[/p][/quote]I agree with the whole work shy comments but why when someone pays rent should they not have the property in a livable condition? You are paying to buy your house which at the end of it you will own, people who rent will not own the property and are paying for a service from their landlord. Simple fact is that if you rent you expect that the landlord will keep the place in a good condition which never seems to be the case for TBC[/p][/quote]I agree, he pays his rent, he deserves to have a habitable house. I do not know him well enough to comment on whether he should get a job or not, there aren't many jobs around especially if you have a disability. Jb66
  • Score: 2

10:15am Tue 28 Jan 14

d_2da_ougle says...

i know people with diabeties and athsma that both manage to work and as for depression diddims et me get my little violin out whilst the man pulls himself into the real world, pure lazyness this country is broken
i know people with diabeties and athsma that both manage to work and as for depression diddims et me get my little violin out whilst the man pulls himself into the real world, pure lazyness this country is broken d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 1

10:47am Tue 28 Jan 14

Rob-C100 says...

Whilst I accept that the Council has a duty towards its tenants and for the repairs to have taken so long is unacceptable (and we don't know the true facts in this case), I think most people with a purpose in life would have used all the powers available to them to get this situation resolved - i.e. contact the local Councillor/Environme
ntal Health, etc. It's a shame that the Council have refused to comment on this case.
Whilst I accept that the Council has a duty towards its tenants and for the repairs to have taken so long is unacceptable (and we don't know the true facts in this case), I think most people with a purpose in life would have used all the powers available to them to get this situation resolved - i.e. contact the local Councillor/Environme ntal Health, etc. It's a shame that the Council have refused to comment on this case. Rob-C100
  • Score: 1

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