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Flats damage sparks row

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Landlady Pat Wood is embroiled in a battle with the developer of the property she rents out in Admiral Heights over water which has seeped into the home and started rotting the ceiling.

Photo Neil Cross Landlady Pat Wood is embroiled in a battle with the developer of the property she rents out in Admiral Heights over water which has seeped into the home and started rotting the ceiling.

A landlady is embroiled in a fierce dispute with the builders of her home, after she claims water seeped in through the roof and rotted the ceiling.

The rain damage, at Admiral Heights, on Queens Promenade, South Shore, has created an unsightly hole in the ceiling above a full length, front facing window, and caused paint to rot and peel away from the walls.

Built eight years ago by Lancaster-based Persimmon Homes, the flats – formerly the Miners Convalescent Home – look out to the Irish Sea.

But Pat Wood, the landlady, claims no-one is taking responsibility for the damage.

She says Persimmon Homes keep passing the buck to Eric Wright Group – the builders – and vice versa.

She said: “Water is coming in through the corner, and it’s rotting the ceiling and around the french doors.

“They (Persimmon Homes) keep saying it is the builders’ fault, but I brought the property from them.

“It wasn’t that bad originally, but they won’t even come and have a look.

“They are building award-winning properties everywhere, but can’t fix the ones they have.

“They are not taking care of business. I’ve been in business all my life, and if I had done something wrong I would repair it.”

Mrs Wood, from Lytham, has one tenant living in the home, and claims she has to constantly keep buckets in the corner of the room to catch the water.

The landlady is calling for someone from the company to come and look at the damage, but says she has been quoted £3,000 just for someone to inspect the damage.

She added: “They are saying it will cost £3,000 to put the scaffolding up, just so someone can see what the problem is.

“I haven’t got that kind of money and meanwhile, the rain is coming in and ruining everything.”

Carl Kellett, customer care manager for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “We are aware that there is an issue with water ingress at a property at Admiral Heights.

“These properties were designed and built by Eric Wright Construction, on behalf of Persimmon Homes, and they have assured us that they would look into the issue to establish a cause and possible solution. We await the results of their investigation.

“In the meantime, we have contacted the owner with a view to visiting the apartment to see if there is anything we can do as an interim measure.”

A spokesman for Eric Wright Group said: “It is correct that we were engaged by Persimmon to construct the apartments. The works were completed in September 2005.

“Persimmon are responsible to the apartment owners/occupiers for the general maintenance of the fabric, and have appointed a management company to discharge these obligations on their behalf.

“It is also the responsibility of Persimmon to investigate and make us aware of any issues arising from our original construction works – but not the homeowners, with whom we have no relationship.

“We have always responded promptly and professionally to any matters brought to our attention.

“We have not had direct contact with Mrs Wood, which we would not expect for the reason stated above, and we have not been made aware of her concerns.

“We are, however, open to discussing this matter directly with Persimmon.”

 

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