Leaking roof ‘should have been fixed’

5th January 2012'Adele Long is angry that WDH have not sorted her roof out after she has reported it leaking in her bathroom.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
5th January 2012'Adele Long is angry that WDH have not sorted her roof out after she has reported it leaking in her bathroom.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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A RYHILL woman claims her new bathroom has been ‘ruined’ by a leaking roof she first complained about months ago.

Adele Long, 32, of Common Ings Lane, said the roof had been leaking for the past year but despite reporting the problem to property owners Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) – nothing had been done to rectify the problem.

And when her roof was further damaged by last week’s strong winds, it caused even more rain to seep through into her bathroom.

Miss Long said: “I have reported it several times but the woman I spoke to just said they wouldn’t send anyone out to repair my roof because of the extreme weather conditions.”

She said an alternative date was not offered to her either.

Miss Long, who lives with her partner and 12-year-old daughter, said: “I have just had a new bathroom fitted and because of the damage to the roof, it has let rain in and there is loads of black, mucky water dripping into the bath.

“There is also a huge watermark on my ceiling. The new bathroom is ruined.”

It was last reported to WDH in February – the last time the weather was particularly bad.

Miss Long said: “They came and patched it up but it needs a new roof, the person who repaired it even told me that.

“But I was told by WDH that it would cost too much to replace. It’s disgraceful me and my family are having to live like this.”

WDH have pledged to repair the roof.

Ian Mees, WDH Service Director for Construction, said: “We always work closely with our tenants to make sure that repairs are dealt with as swiftly as possible.

“We have already arranged for Ms Long’s roof to be repaired, however due to the recent bad weather and high winds our operatives are waiting until it is safe to carry out this work.

“Once the roof is repaired we will put right any damage to the bathroom caused by the leak.”