Disabled Harrow man says he is still waiting for maintenance to flat

Harrow Times: Disabled man says he is still waiting for maintenance to flat Disabled man says he is still waiting for maintenance to flat

A disabled man says he fears for his health as he waits for essential maintenance to his flat.

Abdul Bahmanyar, 62, of College Hill Road, has lived in his council flat since 2002 and was told by Harrow Borough Council in February he would have work done on his home.

Repairs are needed to his ground floor flat due to water damage from the flat above, which has caused damage to his rooms, with wallpaper coming off the walls and cracks in the plaster.

The retired dental surgeon has also had five lung infections in the past year and his doctor has written a letter raising concerns his housing condition is contributing to his ill health.

Mr Bahmanyar, who has severe arthritis, said: “I just feel I am not being treated fairly. I don’t feel safe or secure in this flat and it is very worrying.

“The job should have been completed but it is just making me ill and miserable. If everything was sorted I would be able to look after myself but I just can’t do that properly at the moment.”

Mr Bahmanyar was told by the council his kitchen and bathroom would be renovated, the flat would be replastered, a new boiler would be installed and a new front door would be fitted.

So far only a boiler has been installed.

His former wife and friend Zahra Nadei, 57, said: “It is just not right the way he has been left.

“Our children and I are very worried about him because you cannot just leave someone with a disability like this. He needs support but he is not getting it.”

A spokeswoman for Harrow Council said: “We have inspected Mr Bahmanyar’s flat following a leak upstairs and found there is no damp or any structural problems. There is however some decorative damage to the ceiling.

“While the rest of the flat is also in poor decorative state we would point out it is the responsibility of the tenant to decorate their own properties, and we do encourage tenants to take up home contents insurance to help with this sort of problem.

“However, we will provide Mr Bahmanyar with contact details of any voluntary organisations who can assist him with redecoration if he is unable to do it himself."

They added the work due to be carried out is part of an improvement scheme for council properties across the borough which will be done as soon as possible.

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11:25pm Wed 28 May 14

surfnutt says...

This is a joke right? His former wife said "our children and i are very worried about him" well obviously not that worried or the "children" who must be of adult age would have gone round and decorated his flat for him why should the taxpayers foot the bill get off your backsides and DIY
This is a joke right? His former wife said "our children and i are very worried about him" well obviously not that worried or the "children" who must be of adult age would have gone round and decorated his flat for him why should the taxpayers foot the bill get off your backsides and DIY surfnutt
  • Score: -16

10:05am Fri 30 May 14

DJFearRoss says...

"Retired Dental Surgeon". Surely he saved money from his Job all those years that he could afford a house! Where is his house, why in the first place is he living in a council house? Yet, hard up people struggling to get by are paying rent for overpriced rooms.

It appears to me that someone just doesn't want to touch their own money and wants the tax payer to fund their lifestyle. The whole benefits system needs a shake up.
"Retired Dental Surgeon". Surely he saved money from his Job all those years that he could afford a house! Where is his house, why in the first place is he living in a council house? Yet, hard up people struggling to get by are paying rent for overpriced rooms. It appears to me that someone just doesn't want to touch their own money and wants the tax payer to fund their lifestyle. The whole benefits system needs a shake up. DJFearRoss
  • Score: -25

11:57am Sat 31 May 14

jackdaw says...

As Harrow Council pointed out to Mr Bahmanyar he should claim on his house insurance.

Yes Surfnutt as you said his wife and children could help decorate his flat if they are that concerned,
As Harrow Council pointed out to Mr Bahmanyar he should claim on his house insurance. Yes Surfnutt as you said his wife and children could help decorate his flat if they are that concerned, jackdaw
  • Score: -20

5:37pm Wed 4 Jun 14

williamsmith2002 says...

What is wrong with you guys? How could you judge this person without knowing his background and his actual personality? You would be in no position to judge unless you put yourself in this person’s shoes. That is unbelievable and ridiculous that how you people express your opinions without knowing this person’s situation. I used to be Mr Bahmanyar’s neighbour and we are still in touch. Mr Bahmanyar is a gracious and generous person who has been useful for his local community and the charities. I have known this person for years. He is such a unique and caring person who I have ever seen in my life. Yes, he is a Dentist but a disabled and retired Dentist. A lot of different careless tenants lived on the top floor of this building that made dreadful damage to the different parts of Mr Bahmanyar’s flat. Several attempts were made to repair this accommodation by Mr Bahmanyar’s family, friends and council but it is still the same. It was council who damaged its own property and did not fixed that properly. In different parts of this accommodation, Condensation and mould is noticeable and provable. Not only it’s an awful condition to live but also can have bad physical effects on Mr Bahmanyar's health. Council Surveyor has checked all the parts of this building and said an urgent repair is required. Surveyor pushed council to get that checked and repaired. Unfortunately council ignored and did not accept all the charges and has asked Mr Bahmanyar to get that repaired himself.
What is wrong with you guys? How could you judge this person without knowing his background and his actual personality? You would be in no position to judge unless you put yourself in this person’s shoes. That is unbelievable and ridiculous that how you people express your opinions without knowing this person’s situation. I used to be Mr Bahmanyar’s neighbour and we are still in touch. Mr Bahmanyar is a gracious and generous person who has been useful for his local community and the charities. I have known this person for years. He is such a unique and caring person who I have ever seen in my life. Yes, he is a Dentist but a disabled and retired Dentist. A lot of different careless tenants lived on the top floor of this building that made dreadful damage to the different parts of Mr Bahmanyar’s flat. Several attempts were made to repair this accommodation by Mr Bahmanyar’s family, friends and council but it is still the same. It was council who damaged its own property and did not fixed that properly. In different parts of this accommodation, Condensation and mould is noticeable and provable. Not only it’s an awful condition to live but also can have bad physical effects on Mr Bahmanyar's health. Council Surveyor has checked all the parts of this building and said an urgent repair is required. Surveyor pushed council to get that checked and repaired. Unfortunately council ignored and did not accept all the charges and has asked Mr Bahmanyar to get that repaired himself. williamsmith2002
  • Score: 28

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