A man has hit out at the council’s housing arm for “ignoring” his repeated complaints over anti-social behaviour and disrepair at his property.

Neil Reed, who lives in Balfour Grove, East Barnet, says the problems – including excessive drinking, drug-taking and harassment – have been going on for years and he is worried about the health and safety of his wife and three-year-old daughter.

Mr Reed moved into his one-bedroom flat in 2007 after he was involved in a serious road accident that left him with chest injuries and mental health problems.

He soon started to notice problems with the house, including cold and damp – and a few years later, the anti-social behaviour issues began.

Mr Reed said: “Barnet Homes have not addressed any of the problems. They have continually ignored them.

“The police have told the council (about the anti-social behaviour) and the council have not addressed anything.

“Several families have complained to the council.

“I feel desperately sorry for my wife – she has come over to this country and had to endure all this – and the housing body should have addressed it.

“I don’t want my daughter growing up here.”

Mr Reed added that there was no adequate heating on one side of the property and the kitchen and bathroom were “freezing cold”.

He claimed some of the windows were not fitted properly and he had been reporting mould growth in the house since 2009.

Mr Reed said Barnet Homes “just do not care”.

He said: “They have a duty of care to tenants and they are not giving a damn about our family.”

Mr Reed wants to be transferred away from Barnet to Potters Bar, where he has friends and family.

He hopes to be able to return to work as a HGV driver once he is free from the stress currently affecting him and his wife and daughter.

A spokesperson for Barnet Homes said: “Due to ongoing legal proceedings, we are unable to comment any further on this individual case."