A desperate mum is scared to bath her one-year-old baby after a huge leak left her council home freezing without heating and electricity.
Carer Natalie Hadi, 27, from Hull in east Yorkshire, fears the mould and damp in her house is putting the health of her two young children and a disabled child she often looks after at risk.
The mum to Kye, seven, and Koby, one, said she has to work from her home where the inside is actually colder than the autumn weather, Hull Live reports.
And icy temperatures inside her crumbling home being wrecked by growing tree roots have now left her afraid to bathe her own baby.
Natalie said: "I'm at a dead end. I'm left with no heating and with a baby and a seven-year-old.
"I've had mould issues. There is black mould in the bathroom and bedrooms including in my son's bedroom.
"They're breathing it in. It is very difficult keeping them away. I'm having to clean with harsh chemicals and then they are having to go back in the room.
"The roof is leaking through two floors. It is literally from the roof. They've shut down the electrics downstairs. I can use some in the living room but they've had to turn certain things off."
She said Hull City Council have sent her two heaters but she struggles to foot the bill of around £10 per day to keep them running.
She added: "I don't even like to bath my baby as its too cold for him.
Mum stuck in grim flats with rats, mould and 'neighbour from hell'
"When I moved in I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant so I had to accept the house.
"There were cracks of about an inch. They said the house would need underpinning. It's because of tree roots.
"They've been saying not to go out. It's actually colder inside than it is outside."
Natalie has lived in the Boothferry Estate property for almost eight years and says the situation is getting gradually worse.
Scaffolding is set to be installed on Friday, November 20, but she is unsure when she will be able to have a warm and safe home for her children once again.
The council have confirmed they will attend Natalie's home on Friday.
In a statement, a spokesman for Hull City Council said: “We are in contact with the family, and repairs to this property are taking place this week.
“We will continue to work with them to address any other concerns they may have.”
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