A leasehold owning couple who spent a miserable Christmas last year with a hole in the roof are in the same position this year.
Water is pouring down the couple’s bedroom walls and the carpet is saturated. The only difference this year is that squirrels are not rampaging through the roof.
Temporary repairs carried out by Peverel at 14-flat Crowthorne Lodge, in Bracknell, Berkshire, have been ineffectual owing to the stormy weather.
For months, AdeOluwa Bankole, 38, who works in BHS, and his wife Otitokan Oluwo, 35, who works in IT, have been urging Peverel to act to repair the roof.
Earlier this year it required an article and photographs of missing roof tiles on the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership website to get Peverel to act.
The second stage of a leasehold section 20 consultation ends on January 18 2014 for major works.
Leasehold owner Bankole, who bought his £134,000 flat in 2012, was desperately contacting Peverel on Christmas Eve:
“I am writing this email after I have not been able to sleep all night due to the distress your handling of the leakage in the roof has been causing my wife and I.
“It is obvious we are not going to have any great Christmas celebration because of the myriads of thoughts & fears of a repeat of another Apollo roof episode [a reference to the recent collapse of the roof at the Apollo Theatre, London, which injured the audience].”
Matt Bridges, a Peverel property manager, did reply at 8am on Christmas Eve and sent around a contractor that afternoon, but he could do little about roof damage on the third floor at that stage.
“Water is still coming down our walls. It is an appalling situation,” says Bankole.
“Crowthorne Lodge needs to be taken into new management.”