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Family of nine crammed into two bedrooms for months - because of leaky roof

Mohammed Abdul Mossabir, his wife and seven children claim to have waited months for repairs to their council home

Family of nine crammed into two bedrooms for months - because of leaky roof
Mr Mohammed Abdul Mossabir with some of his children (Image: Birmingham Mail)

A desperate family of nine has been squashed into two tiny bedrooms for months on end after their council flat sprung a leak.

Mohammed Abdul Mossabir and his family say they waited six months for repairs, causing them untold misery.

Water dripped constantly into the bedroom where Mr Mossabir, slept with his wife Salma Begum and their four youngest children, Mizan, seven, Nahid, five, Nabid, three and Halima, 18 months.

The leak became so bad they had to stop using the bedroom in the Birmingham flat.

The bedroom was put out of action (Image: Birmingham Mail)

The family's plight was revealed by Saidul Haque Saeed, lead organiser of Citizens UK Birmingham, who said he was alerted when a case worker from partner charity Aspire & Succeed visited the family.

Mr Saeed said: "It is really distressing. The space they have is very limited anyway, without this."

The room with the leak was is where Mohammed and his wife

The six of them were instead forced to share rooms with the couple's two elder daughters, Nahimah, eight, and 10-year old Fatima, and their 18 year old brother Saleh.

Mr Mossabir is recovering from a second heart attack suffered last year, aged 47.

The leak got so bad they couldn't use the bedroom (Image: Birmingham Mail)

His first happened when he was just 30.

His potentially fatal heart condition is managed by a pacemaker but he remains at high risk and there is no lift at the flats.

Mr Saeed added: "It is a really desperate situation for the family. The leak was the final straw.

"Having to carry kids, prams, shopping and everything up and down two flights of stairs is putting a real strain on him, on top of the stress of their sleeping arrangements.

"He is constantly worried living here could trigger another heart attack and kill him, then what might happen to the children and his wife?"

The repairs were completed this week after the charity got involved to help the family raise concerns with the council.

During an occupational therapy assessment a year ago, Mr Mossabir was informed he was a medical priority for a ground floor flat or house because of his health needs, which also includes a paralysed left arm.

The family were using just two rooms for nine people (Image: Birmingham Mail)

The charity worker added: "There are nine of them living in this small three-bedroomed flat at the top of a block of flats and there is no lift - it is far from ideal for an ill person. But they are still waiting.

"To add to their misery the roof above the main bedroom started leaking several months ago.

|They were uncertain how to get help - they asked for a repair which never happened, and the leak and crack in the bedroom got worse and grew bigger.

"Dad was initially lying under the leak so the kids could sleep but the leak got so bad they had to stop using the room; he was worried the roof might come down on them," he added.

Birmingham City Council said they acted immediately they learned of the leaking roof on May 9.

In response to the claims, Birmingham City Council said it had no record of a complaint about the leak until last month.

"We received the original complaint on May 9 and (the roof and ceiling) were made safe on the same day."

The council says it has now made the bedroom safe (Image: Birmingham Mail)

The spokesman said Mr Mossabir is bidding for alternative accommodation but his search has been limited to two geographical areas and properties with up to five bedrooms, which are in very short supply.

The spokesman added: "Mr Mossabir submitted a change of circumstances form with supporting medical evidence attached in order to move up to a higher priority banding on the housing list.

"However, assessment officers were unable to read these supporting documents and requested that legible copies be sent. To date these have not been received."

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