Housing association urged to improve inspections

Mary Rogers
Mary Rogers

A Motherwell woman has called for Lanarkshire Housing Association (LHA) to carry out better inspections of their properties.

This comes after Mary Rogers’s flat in Aurelia Drive was infested with flies due to an untidy neighbour upstairs.

The rubbish strewn flat upstairs.

The rubbish strewn flat upstairs.

Mary first became aware of the problem when flies starting dropping from her ceiling and realised they were coming from upstairs.

After reporting the matter and her neighbour being moved out Mary peered through the letter box and was stunned to see rubbish strewn everywhere.

Around 70 bags of clothing rubbish were removed from the premises and work is continuing to deal with the pests.

Mary said: “I don’t know how someone can live like that and can’t understand how LHA could allow it to get to that stage.

“I have lived here for 13 years and never seen an inspector. If I was the landlord I’d want to make sure people were treating my properties well, but they don’t seem to care.

“I haven’t been able to eat in my flat for weeks or have my grandchildren visit through no fault of my own and I’m sickened at the thought this could happen again.”

LHA refused to say if the tenant would be allowed back into the flat or to explain their inspection policy.

A spokesperson simply stated: “Our operational policy is to ensure that all of our properties meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.”