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    Question My flat is in a bad state and I don't know how to sort it quickly

    My flat has got into a really bad state (dirty, mould on the walls, broken lights, broken plumbing, heating was already broken when I moved in and still is). I know I need to get someone in to fix the broken stuff, but:
    - I'm terrified of strangers and have panic attacks and severe setbacks in my mental health if a stranger comes into my flat
    - I have OCD and will panic even more if the people touch any of my stuff, and I will have to wash every single thing they touch so thoroughly it will exhaust and hurt me
    - because my flat is in such a bad state, I'm worried that if anyone comes in, they will tell the people who own the building and I will get evicted (I have nowhere else to go).

    I have been trying to clean the place up almost every day since last year, but due to chronic pain and mental health issues, it is very slow progress. I don't have any friends or family, so there's no-one to help me. And I can't get a carer or cleaner or anything like that, again because of the issue with strangers in my space and the fear that they will touch loads of stuff. Some of the cleaning takes ages, such as stains on the floor that are only starting to fade even though I've used bleach on them multiple times.

    Today I found out that the shower is leaking into the flat below, so the situation is now desperate. I can wash using the sink instead, so I don't have to use the shower at all. But it's not ideal. I know this is a bad state to live in, but I can't clean the flat any faster than I am, and letting strangers in is an absolute no, because I just can't let my mental health go backwards at the moment.

    What can I do? I have no idea who to turn to for support or how to get the flat into good order quickly.
    Last edited by StarlitTardis; 14-08-19 at 11:23.

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    I’m lucky as my partner has taken over as my carer but re the mold, get a decent dehumidifier if possible... we have bad mold for 9 years and it’s made my health terrible, I got pneumonia multiple times, we found out the humidity was 80% and the dehumidifier takes it down to 45%. Since then my asthma has cleared a lot, I haven’t had a bout of pneumonia since.

    If the flat it council owned you can contact the local council and, in my case at least, they will repaint or redecorate indoors for me if I pay them £10 an hour. I know it’s no good if money is tight but it was the best offer I found, although I haven’t taken them up on it.

    You can also contact your local council for help with disability fittings if needed.

    I don’t know much else, I’m sorry, just these are a few things I’ve been through.

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    High humidity is always a bad factor. As far as I know, there is a special device in order to "drain" the air. This can be useful until repairs are made. I’m not sure that there should be special mops for more convenient use even in a wheelchair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael6 View Post
    I’m not sure that there should be special mops for more convenient use even in a wheelchair.

    I haven't heard anything about your option but would love to look at such things. I have only one option in my head - to use a modern robot vacuum cleaner. I like cleaning gadgets like this. It makes my life a lot easier. It was a gift in my case (Shinebot W400). If I could see it in action before, then I would want to buy it myself. You can keep this in mind as a reserve option.

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