Ex-bodybuilder says ‘it’s a joke’ as bathroom floor crumbles

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A former bodybuilder and self-confessed “big guy” is fed up with the floor breaking under his feet when he gets out of the shower.

Raymond Farthing, 46, of Abbeydale, says the tub pulls away from the wall causing water to leak into the planks, meaning the waterlogged planks end up falling under his feet.

This is the third time in three years that Mr. Farthing has had the same problem with the bathroom. Not only that, he states that he has major moisture issues in the property and that he has a leaky roof which results in puddles forming in his kitchen and living room.

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Mr Farthing said: “About 20 years ago I was a bodybuilder and weighed 25 stones at most. I’m still a big guy now.

“The point is, I was told that when these apartments were built it was a bit of a rush job to finish the job.

“From what I can understand, it is the same for most of those who live on the streets, the apartments being finished by poor quality workers.

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“I moved into the apartment in 2018. In 2019, I got out of the shower and my foot came through the floor. The contractors came in and completely remodeled the bathroom, but I told them the same would happen again and it is. It’s a joke. “

The same thing happened to Mr. Farthing again the following year. The surface of the ground had cracked frustratingly and collapsed again. The floor has been fixed but the same problem arose again on September 22.

He said: “I am on the top floor of the apartments and I also have a leaky roof. It flows through the floors so much that puddles form in my living room and kitchen.



Raymond Farthing from Abbeydale is a tenant with Two Rivers Housing whose bathroom floor has fallen three times due to the humidity.

“Yesterday, I took a step back after I had a wee and the floor was off again.

“I can’t keep putting my hand in my pocket to pay £ 150 in lino every time this happens.”

Mr. Farthing also suffers from depression – which is why he frequented the gym and enjoyed weight training.

He said, “I used to go to the gym to get away from my depression and vent my anger at the gym.

“Now I have COPD and still have depression and shouldn’t be living here.

“I thought when I moved into this apartment it would be my forever home. I love the area and don’t want to relocate.

“I have children who won’t be able to visit me because I’m afraid of what might happen.



Raymond Farthing from Abbeydale is a tenant with Two Rivers Housing whose bathroom floor has fallen three times due to the humidity.
Raymond Farthing from Abbeydale is a tenant with Two Rivers Housing whose bathroom floor has fallen three times due to the humidity.

“The joists must be rotten and there is too much moisture.

“I have a puppy and she is growing up and now I’m going to have to take her to the vet to check if she’s okay because the contractor who came into the apartment said the place was really not livable . “

Mr. Farthing is a tenant of the Two Rivers Housing association based in Newent.

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A spokesperson for Two Rivers Housing said, “We are aware of the issues Mr. Farthing has raised in the bathroom on the property and are working with him to resolve this issue.

“We are disappointed to learn that a floor, which was installed just a few months ago, has broken down and we are working with the contractor on the next steps and to identify and understand the cause of this failure.

“We visited the property on September 22, 2021 to secure the floor and have another appointment scheduled for September 24 to complete the additional repair work.

“We had not been made aware of any moisture or mold issues within the property and would ask Mr. Farthing to report them to our repair team so that we can resolve this issue as soon as possible.”


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