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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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    Who owns the flat? If you rent then its the landlords responsibility to do repairs on heating, plumbing and poss lighting. If you own the flat its up to you. Hate to tell you straight but you either get ppl in to fix what you can't, or you will live in a dirty, insanitary, damp mess and make your health even worse.

    Are you in contact with you local mental health team? Sounds like you need help from them

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    When you rent privately its not always that simple sadly. Because if you push a landlord they have habit of revenge evicting, or doing large rent increases.

    Kinda similar position myself, but less extreme. I see the solution as finding somewhere else to live, but the issue of course is how I get the ability to even move as my health is quite bad, so its not easy for sure.

    My flat is basically been left in a mess, most issues not been addressed.

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