Leeds man with underlying health issues forced to leave ‘mouldy and crumbling’ council flat to self-isolate safely

A Leeds man with underlying health issues has been forced to move out of his ‘mouldy and crumbling’ council-rented flat in order to self-isolate safely.

25-year-old Patrizio first reported problems with the poor condition of his Moortown flat to Leeds City Council in January 2019.

But more than a year later he is still waiting for repairs to be made.

Patrizio, who did not want to reveal his surname, said: “At first, I noticed brown marks on the kitchen ceiling, which got bigger and bigger until virtually the whole ceiling looked like I’d thrown Coca-Cola on it.

“It then started coming through in the hallway, with pieces of the ceiling actually coming away. I was even hospitalised with breathing issues at one point after part of the ceiling came down on me.

The ceiling in Patrizio’s kitchen

Patrizio suffers with a series of health conditions including severe asthma, a skin disorder called hidradenitis suppurativa and a complex bowel disorder.

He was recently told by his doctor to self-isolate for 12 weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic.

“I suffer with severe asthma, so am classed as being at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19,” explained Patrizio.

“I was therefore told to self-isolate for 12 weeks, but I didn’t feel safe doing so at home – the mould and damp were already making my asthma worse before this crisis so I was deeply concerned that, should I catch the virus, my home could potentially kill me.”

Leeds City Council have been approached for comment.

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