Neighbours of a decaying Isleworth house are demanding action before a child is seriously injured by falling glass and wood.
Residents living in the small Whitton Vale estate, in Queensbridge Park, have long complained about the state of the building, in particular its balcony, but the owner has refused to fix it for years.
Helena Weedon, a mother of two young children, said: "It's a nightmare with this rotten balcony hanging over us. Children use the area underneath, and it will only take one strong wind to bring more bits down.
"My husband Anthony and myself are extremely concerned that a pane of glass could fly out any time. As we go in and out of our front door, we're only feet away from danger."
Her neighbour Brian Palin added: "We have written countless letters for several years to the council, and we are very concerned about this very real danger.
"Glass has already come out of the frames, and more will fall down with any high wind."
"Some of us volunteered to come and do some repairs, but the offer wasn't taken up. We have a great deal of sympathy for the occupant, and we do worry about their safety too.
"The problem is that nobody in the council is willing to take this problem seriously."
But a spokesman for Hounslow Council said it is fully aware of the 'dilapidated first floor bay window' and it was being routinely monitored although the owner has not responded to warnings.
He added: "We can confirm that the council's building control section has issued a Dangerous Structure Notice to secure or repair the building. This means it is the owner's obligation to make the fault safe because the house is privately owned."
Since the Chronicle contacted the council a plastic barrier has been placed around the front of the house, but no work has yet been carried out.