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Man forced to shower in his garden after three-month row over repairs

NewsMan forced to shower in his garden after three-month row over repairs

A man was forced to shower in his garden after a three-month dispute with a housing association over repairs.

Jonathan Godsell says his wet room was covered in mould and rot, rendering it unusable.

The 49-year-old says he battled with social landlord Silva Homes for months to do the repairs at his flat in Priestwood, in Bracknell.

With no other option, Mr Godsell set up a makeshift bathroom in his garden – including a sink, shower and a blue tarpaulin for his privacy.

He told BerkshireLive: “I washed my hair and my face in a sink, and my armpits with a flannel.

“I’ve had six visits of different people coming to look at the problem, but I just feel like they’re fobbing me off all the time.”

“But I didn’t have a shower for three months until I set that shower up outside. And it was incredible to feel clean again.”

Mr Godsell moved into the flat at the end of May after health problems left him needing a more accessible bathroom.

However, when he moved in he found the walls in the wet room were rotten behind the tiling, he said.

“The sealant around the floor hasn’t been up to scratch. This obviously caused water to leak and the walls have been soaking that water up, so they were quite rotten.

“Because it’s been damp in there, that dampness has turned into mould, and the mould is hidden behind the paintwork that has started flaking-off.

“When I moved in there was that horrible, damp musty smell. I had windows, doors open all the time to try and get rid of that smell. But it seems like everywhere I look I come across more mould.

“I was doing a bit in the kitchen about a week or so ago. And I uncovered more mould, where the extent of the leak has spread.”

A spokesperson for Silva Homes said: “We are aware that the bathroom at this property needs repair, and several attempts have been made to book appointments with the customer to carry these out.

“Unfortunately, we have faced challenging circumstances in gaining access and our team are continuing to try and work with the customer to remedy the situation.”

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