Leeds grandma left six weeks without a bath tub

Geannie Wilkinson who was forced to wash using buckets of water for six weeks.

Geannie Wilkinson who was forced to wash using buckets of water for six weeks.

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a Leeds grandmother has cleaned up in a row over a leaking bath.

Geannie Wilkinson, 56, who has been unable to use her tub for more than six weeks, has finally been told it will be replaced TODAY, thanks to the YEP.

The grandmother-of-two, from Middleton, south Leeds, has been forced to wash in her living room using a basin and buckets of water every day since March 1.

She stopped using her bathtub when she discovered a 16-inch crack in the bottom. She reported this to landlords Aire Valley Homes (AVH), but after a series of blunders they told her they were unable to replace the bath until May 2.

Fed-up and furious, Ms Wilkinson called the Yorkshire Evening Post.

She said: “If my friend hadn’t persuaded me to get in touch with the YEP I would have still been waiting.”

She added: “I pay £20 a week in rent, which is a lot when you have £100 a week in living expenses to live off.

“I had to give up work due to lung disease six years ago, but I worked all my life, paid all my taxes and feel let down.”

Ms Wilkinson said it took 14 days for Aire Valley Homes to send someone out to even inspect the bathtub. It was agreed then that the tub needed replacing, but 10 days later Ms Wilkinson found out AVH were wrongly planning to re-enamel the bath.

A couple of days later she was told the job had been cancelled.

Last week a letter arrived saying the bath would not be replaced until May 2.

A spokeswoman for Aire Valley Homes Leeds apologised.

She said: “We do apologise for the confusion in this case and have been in direct touch with Ms Wilkinson to ensure the situation is resolved as quickly as possible.

“Her new bath will be installed today.”

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