The work started in our porch on the 8th August 2014 as I discovered when I came home from work to a completely dust covered hallway where the ceilings had been sanded down.
The workers eventually came back and painted the walls in magnolia and then, at a later stage, the skirting was repainted in black. Obviously the colour choice was a majority vote and was exactly the same as the previous decor, but at least the hallway looked cleaner.
for weeks and weeks and weeks….
Yes, left with nothing but a plastic covered porch and porch door until… 24th November!!! Three months of leaving the flat everyday to the hallway featured in my attached videos with the once neatly laid plastic now ripped and torn. However, according to the notice placed on the noticeboard in our porch, work in our block was due to be completed w/c 27th October.
It was only on Monday morning, yes this week, that workers reappeared and when I left in the morning they were painting the staircase banisters. This was followed by different workers appearing yesterday who were painting the metal grills. I asked them if they were going to be varnishing the wooden handrails too and was told that other workers would be taking care of that but they weren’t sure when. Thankfully the plastic floor-covering was also removed.
I have attached videos, which I took last week, showing what we have been left to live in since August which I think is unacceptable and I feel the people in charge, who may be unaware of our situation, should see this.
Also, here’s a few questions:
1) Why is it that, with very few workers on this job, they didn’t start and finish one porch before moving on to the next instead of leaving us living like this? When the work started there seemed to be loads of workers on site but this quickly diminished to 4 or 5. I have spoken to several of them who told me that they think the way the works have been run is, in their words, stupid and they are fed up as they keep getting taken away from SEC to do jobs elsewhere.
2) Will the care-taking bill for leaseholders be reduced as we haven’t had any cleaning done in our porch since August? Perhaps they can pay me for picking up several bits of rubbish left over the last few months?
3) Why was there no notification to residents that the work was delayed?
4) Presumably the planned final invoice will be reduced to reflect the inconvenience caused to us all? I can hear you all laughing out loud right now!
Please forward any comments you have.