A MOTHER is terrified of plaster falling on her three young children from the gaping cracks which have appeared in their house.
Hodo Husein, of West Way, Shepherd’s Bush, found cracked walls when she moved into the semi-detached home with her children aged two, six and seven in May.
Ms Husein, 28, said she was immediately worried about the faults in the Catalyst Housing property, and more had appeared since then. Some were so bad the next room could be seen through them.
She claims Catalyst has not dealt with the problem and does not seem to be concerned that plaster continues to fall from the walls – narrowly missing her children several times.
Ms Husein, said: “There are cracks everywhere and you can even see through one of the rooms into the hallway because the crack is so big there. It’s very, very serious and Catalyst don’t seem to want to deal with it. It’s like they’re just waiting for something to collapse.
“I’m really worried something’s going to fall on one of my children. If anything happened to them I don’t know what I would do. It would be awful. The youngest is only two-years-old and they all play and run around so sometimes bump into the walls. What would happen if the whole wall came down?
“I’m also scared to speak to the surveyors because last time they just ignored me. They’re saying the tree outside is the problem but I just want my house to be safe. All I’m asking is that Catalyst fix the problem and accept responsibility.”
Nick Collins, maintenance manager at Catalyst Housing, said the housing association only recently took possession of the property.
It was dealing with the structural issues, which were mainly caused by a protected tree close to the house and Hammersmith and Fulham Council had to give permission for any work on the tree.
He added: “We understand that this must be an upsetting time for Ms Husein and her children and we are working very hard to make sure the family are aware of the progress we are making with the insurance claim.
“Our loss adjusters are dealing with this matter and a meeting with Hammersmith Council has been arranged for September 9 (Monday) to resolve this issue.
“We are concerned about the damage being caused to the structure of the building and have managed to secure agreement from the insurers to rake out the damaged areas of plaster. However, we are not allowed to carry out any replastering at this stage, as it will compromise our insurance claim.”
A family friend of Ms Husein, professional decorator Dennis Ashman, confirmed the cracks are slowly getting worse.
He said: “I cannot believe Catalyst moved a family into that house. It’s not just cracks that are the problem – you can’t open the door easily.”