Pregnant teen mum, 17, embarrassed to invite friends over as home 'stinks of damp'
A pregnant teenage mum is embarrassed to have her pals around her home because she claims it stinks.
Sophie Smith, of Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, said the damp smell in her council accommodation is so overpowering she has to spray air freshener every day.
The 17-year-old moved into the property with her two children in February, but despite the efforts of multiple workmen to fix issues in the basement, the smell still persists, reports Yorkshire Live.
Sophie, who is expecting her third child later this year, said the smell has been in her home since moving in, and while her friends are polite about it "it is awkward".
As well as being embarrassing, she is worried the damp may affect the health of her two sons, aged almost two and seven months.
She said: "It's getting me down. I am always at the doctors with them as they are having chesty coughs all the time.
"I have to leave the windows open as much as possible and I keep my clothes in the kitchen otherwise they smell of damp if I keep them downstairs."
She added: "From the first day I walked through the door on February 4 I could smell there was something wrong.
"My friends don't say anything but it is awkward. It would be nice to have a sweet-smelling home I could invite them to.
"Workmen have been round plastering the area in the basement where there's a problem but the problem seems deeper rooted than that."
Sophie's mum Angela Harrison, of Gomersal, believes her daughter may have to be moved house.
She said: "Something needs to be done. The kids are forever getting poorly and it does smell here.
"It hits you as soon as you walk through the door. I think she needs to move, it's not good."
The Mirror has contacted Kirklees Council for comment.