Dad living in ‘crumbling’ council house ‘hell hole’ with no heating or hot water

A daughter says she worries for her father who is living in a “hellhole” council home that she claims is “crumbling”.

Eleanor Rose’s father Dean Wilby says he has been waiting for support from Leeds City Council for over nine months after moving into the Delph Mount estate in Woodhouse.

Dean and his family say they were greeted by graffiti all over the walls, black mould and damp ceilings upon moving in.

Eleanor now says she worries for her father’s mental and physical health.

Eleanor told LeedsLive : “My dad is heavily disabled and had several mental health issues so I have been trying to get him support with his housing for over two years.

“For nine months, he has had to live in these conditions. It’s now to the point my dad can’t use downstairs at all. There is no heating or hot water.

“My sister lived there but had to move out and my little brother still lives there who is also disabled.

“It’s an absolute joke that he is made to live in this property – it’s an absolute hellhole.”

Eleanor said she has tried to speak to several workers at the council. She added they have had a surveyor visit them, who stated it was not damp.

She and the family claim they have also been waiting for a phone call for six weeks from a manager.

She adds: “My dad and brother really struggle over winter because it floods and actually ices over.

“My dad also has really bad arthritis and social anxiety and they don’t seem to understand that my dad doesn’t know how to use the internet properly to report things, so I do it for him. He is scared of them.

“He also has had two cars stolen and one set on fire and they said that’s not enough reason for concern.

“I have to support my dad in every single way even though I have a career myself. I’m honestly worried it’s going to make him gravely ill.”

A statement from the council said: “Leeds City Council is absolutely committed to providing safe, quality homes to our tenants, and this is more important to us than ever during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“While we are unable to comment on this specific case, we continue to carry out essential repairs and maintenance to our tenants’ homes as well as a range of other support options.”