Great Harwood man told to pay for repairs

Great Harwood man told to pay for repairs

Great Harwood man told to pay for repairs

First published in Hyndburn
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A GREAT HARWOOD man will be forced to pay for damage to his home because he tried to repair the damage himself.

David Holden, 54, cut away part of his living room carpet at his Lewis Street home after a leak caused it to smell.

Hyndburn Homes said that decision means they can’t replace the carpet, because it was removed before they could attempt to clean it. Mr Holden, who lives with his girlfriend Ruth Joseph, 49, and his daughter, Grace Holden, 17, said waste water leaked through the bathroom room onto the carpet when a waste pipe became loose.

The carpet also posed a ‘significant health hazard’ to his grandchild, Cole, 2, and Ocean, 3, who often visit, he said.

“It was very bad. I have grandchildren coming in. The smell was absolutely awful,” he added. Mr Holden cut away part of the living room carpet because he deemed the foul smell ‘impossible to live with.’

He said workers were sent to repair problems in his bathroom last year but, while they fixed a problematic sink, they left without fixing the toilet.

Repairs business manager at Hyndburn, Jill Scott, said: “We’re very sorry for any distress and inconvenience caused by the leak and we have tried to help Mr Holden.

“Work to reposition the toilet and repair the bathroom floor was due to be carried out on April 4.

“Unfortunately, Mr Holden did not keep the appointment and we’d urge him to contact us to re-arrange.

“Our contractor visited to clean the carpet but a section of it had been removed before cleaning could take place. As a result, we are unable to replace the carpet.

“Mr Holden has the right to appeal this decision and we would invite him to do so. A member of staff will be contacting him to provide further information.”

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8:53pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Openminded? says...

Waste leaked onto carpet, the owner cut a bit of it, and Hyndburn Homes are refusing to pay for the carpet to be replaced.

And is on the LET news website..........

You kidding me right??
Waste leaked onto carpet, the owner cut a bit of it, and Hyndburn Homes are refusing to pay for the carpet to be replaced. And is on the LET news website.......... You kidding me right?? Openminded?
  • Score: 26

10:47pm Sun 20 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh Mr Holden what a utter fool you must feel. :-)
Oh Mr Holden what a utter fool you must feel. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 6

12:06am Mon 21 Apr 14

fannystrim says...

how petty!!!
how petty!!! fannystrim
  • Score: 11

5:51am Mon 21 Apr 14

Snuffy Arroder says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Oh Mr Holden what a utter fool you must feel. :-)
Get your act together Hyndburn Homes. Mr Holden was acting for the welfare of his family. Isn't that what H H should have been doing?????
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Oh Mr Holden what a utter fool you must feel. :-)[/p][/quote]Get your act together Hyndburn Homes. Mr Holden was acting for the welfare of his family. Isn't that what H H should have been doing????? Snuffy Arroder
  • Score: 5

9:08am Mon 21 Apr 14

phil kernot says...

I do work for insurance company's ,, you can remove the carpet out of the house due to Health reasons , and as long as it's there for them to see they have to replace it ,,, claim off your insurance and get them to chase HH for your losses,,, , there plumbing there fault ,, there liable
I do work for insurance company's ,, you can remove the carpet out of the house due to Health reasons , and as long as it's there for them to see they have to replace it ,,, claim off your insurance and get them to chase HH for your losses,,, , there plumbing there fault ,, there liable phil kernot
  • Score: 4

9:09am Mon 21 Apr 14

burner says...

" terms and conditions " !!!!!!!!!!!!! Try reading them.
" terms and conditions " !!!!!!!!!!!!! Try reading them. burner
  • Score: 11

9:14am Mon 21 Apr 14

supertrooper says...

Snuffy Arroder wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Oh Mr Holden what a utter fool you must feel. :-)
Get your act together Hyndburn Homes. Mr Holden was acting for the welfare of his family. Isn't that what H H should have been doing?????
Mr Holden didn`t keep his appt. with H.H. and then damaged their property.
In this case the Housing ****. is right. Mr. Holden has gone to the LET to try and give H.H. bad publicity. As is normally the case, this backfires and Mr Holden- you are now being made out to be a real numpty!
[quote][p][bold]Snuffy Arroder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Oh Mr Holden what a utter fool you must feel. :-)[/p][/quote]Get your act together Hyndburn Homes. Mr Holden was acting for the welfare of his family. Isn't that what H H should have been doing?????[/p][/quote]Mr Holden didn`t keep his appt. with H.H. and then damaged their property. In this case the Housing ****. is right. Mr. Holden has gone to the LET to try and give H.H. bad publicity. As is normally the case, this backfires and Mr Holden- you are now being made out to be a real numpty! supertrooper
  • Score: 12

1:52pm Mon 21 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

Headline news this.WOW. ground breaking stuff!
Headline news this.WOW. ground breaking stuff! shirtbox
  • Score: 5

2:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

grumpyoldlady says...

Did it not occur to one of the three members of this family to get a bucket of warm water and detergent plus a touch of dettol and clean the area of carpet instead of cutting it out? Don't you just wonder about the mentality of some people.
Did it not occur to one of the three members of this family to get a bucket of warm water and detergent plus a touch of dettol and clean the area of carpet instead of cutting it out? Don't you just wonder about the mentality of some people. grumpyoldlady
  • Score: 8

5:31pm Mon 21 Apr 14

mavrick says...

It would seem Hyndburn homes have not been the best landlord they could have been. If foul waste had leaked onto a carpet it should have been classed as an emergency repair and dealt with immediately .
It would seem Hyndburn homes have not been the best landlord they could have been. If foul waste had leaked onto a carpet it should have been classed as an emergency repair and dealt with immediately . mavrick
  • Score: -6

9:26am Fri 25 Apr 14

BRFC195 says...

I rent a home from hyndburn homes and really can't fault them if you have any faults there usually out straight away to fix it or if it's a minor problem just wait a few days and it's done . I hope this man gets it sorted but I think there are a lot of bad landlords out there who would have family's living in non habitable homes and I have to say hyndburn homes are not one of them and with a three year waiting list for social housing we are lucky to have a hyndburn home
I rent a home from hyndburn homes and really can't fault them if you have any faults there usually out straight away to fix it or if it's a minor problem just wait a few days and it's done . I hope this man gets it sorted but I think there are a lot of bad landlords out there who would have family's living in non habitable homes and I have to say hyndburn homes are not one of them and with a three year waiting list for social housing we are lucky to have a hyndburn home BRFC195
  • Score: 2

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