A refugee claims his disabled brother has been forced to live in "squalor" while he waits for a permanent home.

Wahid Naghdi, 26, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, asthma and an organic brain injury, has been living in a hostel on Ryde Street, off Beverley Road, for the past year.

His brother and primary carer, Ozil, claims the hostel is “dirty” and exacerbating his mental health.

Hull City Council say its housing teams have been trying to find a suitable home for him since the summer.

Pictures of the accommodation, which is run by registered local charity Doorstep, show mould on severely damaged walls and an unclean mattress.

The rising damp and damage to the wall in Wahid's room.

Doorstep said Wahid has not previously raised complaints about his room to them, but that these would now be reported to the building's owner for remedy.

The charity also added that he had been offered a permanent tenancy, but had rejected it in favour of remaining in his Doorstep accommodation.

On top of this Ozil claims living with others is taking its toll on Wahid.

“It’s noisy and he can’t stay in a noisy place, he’s always putting his hands over his head,” he said.

Doorstep acknowledged the rising damp in the bedroom but say it has not been evident to staff due to a sofa and full length curtains obscuring the view of the wall.

Residents are supplied with bedding which is normally on the bed, meaning they were not aware of the state of the mattress.

They say they have no records of Wahid reporting the issues and that residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms.

In August, Wahid was placed on the council’s housing list and given a points score of 165 although he has been unable to obtain permanent accommodation so far.

“This hostel is dirty, he is disabled he can’t stay here,” said Ozil.

Wahid and his brother fled religious persecution in Iran nine years ago.

The brothers came to the UK in 2011, fleeing religious persecution in their native Iran.

After crossing the border into Turkey, the pair travelled through mainland Europe on foot before completing the final leg of their journey across the English Channel on a small unauthorised boat.

Both were granted refugee status in the UK but, with Wahid still just a teenager, the brothers were split up.

The Home Office placed Wahid in Coventry while his older brother was moved to Hull.

Alone in a foreign country and with severe mental health problems, Wahid struggled to cope in the midlands and in 2014 he was detained under the mental health act after causing extensive damage to cars outside his local social services centre.

While detained, Wahid suffered a severe brain injury, he claims he was attacked but no conviction has followed.

After his release he moved up north to be close to his brother in Hull.

Ozil says Wahid has been living in temporary accommodation for around four years and was placed at the hostel in Ryde Street last summer.

The situation became so bad Wahid pitched his tent up in Hull City Centre rather than use the accommodation on some nights this month.

Ozil said: “The council need to give him a home for himself.

“We can’t go back to Iran. Maybe one day if the government changes but not now.”

What the council say

A spokeswoman for Hull City Council said: “Our housing teams have been working with Mr Naghdi since the summer to find suitable accommodation.”

The mattress in Wahid's room is visibly unclean.

What Doorstep say

A spokeswoman for Doorstep said: “We have located the room in question and a member of staff has visited and looked at the area around the bay window shown in the photographs.

“There appears to be rising damp in the areas shown in the photographs.

“This has not been evident to us because the sofa is situated in the bay and there are full length curtains also obscuring the view of the wall in question.

“Regarding the bed, when our worker visited today, there was bedding on the bed. Bedding is always supplied, along with a mattress protector, by Doorstep to our residents.

“Obviously, the mattress cannot normally be seen so we have to rely on the resident reporting any issues with it, which he has never done during the fifteen months he has resided in this room.

“We have checked through our records, and the resident’s file, and on no occasion has he reported the problems shown in the photographs.

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“With regard to cleanliness, residents are responsible for cleaning in their own rooms.

“Obviously now we are aware of this problem we will be reporting it to the building owner for remedy.

“In addition, we realise this may sound churlish, but would advise that the resident in question, with the help of his worker, in July of this year secured a permanent tenancy with a local housing association, but rejected the offer, electing to stay at Doorstep.

“Due to data protection there is very little further information we can add.”