Residents living in Birmingham's 'worst' tower block say they are offered sex and drugs daily and the stairwell in littered with poo.
Those who live Pitmeadow House, Druids Heath, say windows are smashed 'for fun' and children are told to hold their breath as they enter smoke-filled lifts.
One single mum told BirminghamLive: "We found faeces on the stairs, we didn't know if it was dog or human – we don't ask questions round here."
The levels of anti-social behaviour at the tower block are at such a high level that the council has had to issues warnings to residents not to spit, smoke in lifts or defecate in corridors.
Parents often find their pushchairs blocked by bags of rubbish and human spit often covers the buttons in the lift.
Struggling families say the block is a "disgusting and terrifying place" but they have nowhere else to go.
Sonia Jackson was homeless and facing life on the streets with her son before the council found them a flat but she was quickly warned about the block.
"When I mentioned where I was moving, they said it was the worst one on the estate," she said.
"We always joke once you're in, you're not getting out."
The mum-of-one, who is studying hairdressing at college while also raising her son, explained: "We have had dirty nappies, chairs on the stairs. There is normally rubbish everywhere, all in the lift too.
"The caretakers come once or twice a day, but they shouldn't have to."
Speaking about when the hallway is vandalised, she said: "This is where all the kids come to smoke when it's raining."
"It's when people start smashing windows. Last year all these windows were put through," she gestures to the main entrance where there's a dozen or so windows.
"They smashed all the lights too, it was petrifying.
"My son was so scared, it was awful, especially when you hear all the bangs and everything.
"We have had all sorts. My brother came and visited me and was mortified to find faeces on the stairs."
Sonia says she won't press the buttons in the lift and the common areas often smell.
"Me and my son use our coats or keys to press the buttons in the lift, because they spit on them," Sonia said.
"You get a lot of spitting, the fact that you need a sign inside to tell you not to spit, says it all.
"My son struggles with the smell and the sights here. It stinks of majuana. The smell fills your flat so much that some of the girls on my course ask me: 'what's that smell?'
"I say, 'It's not me, I don't smoke it I swear, it just clings to my coat'."
Along with council notices urging residents not to spit, the noticeboard featured a scathing letter from another resident – who branded their own block as a "f*** place" full of "f***** tramps".
It has since been taken down but it read: "This f*** place is a joke. Rubbish either on landings or in the lifts or on the stairs. AIN't you f***** tramps got no general hygiene. Sort ya f***** s*** out man."
Another mum said: "There's a lot of drug dealers around. It's a bad area. You can't find any worse unfortunately.
"They fill the lift with smoke, it takes ten minutes to clear the smoke and the smell.
"My son says to me 'mum it smells', I have to tell him to hold his breath when we're going downstairs."
She claims she's also been pestered for sex: "Once a man asked me if he could come home with me, he kept asking and asking.
"I said no, I have children in my home. I had someone knocking to see if I wanted to buy drugs, but they got the wrong door.
A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: "The Housing Service is working in partnership with West Midland Police to tackle issues in Pitmeadow House. Local residents have reported issues in regards to Anti-Social Behaviour (Spitting, Smoking drugs, vandalism, Rubbish left out on landings and stairwells).
"The local housing team is carrying out joint visits with Police in the block on a regular basis following up any complaints we receive. Our caretaking staff work tirelessly to ensure the residents safety by removing all rubbish throughout on a daily basis, as many times as needed.
"There is also an out of hours service should the tenants see any emergency cleaning issues. The local housing team also distributes newsletters if there is a particular problem that residents can assist with.
"The local caretaking staff are a dedicated team who have their residents safety and comfort foremost in their daily job. The estate caretaker for Pitmeadow House has also been known when visiting friends to remove rubbish in the block over a weekend.
"We are at present working with West Midlands Police and the Youth Offending Service with a group of youths in the area that are causing criminal damage to several blocks in Druids Heath. We have visited parents and several Acceptable Behaviour Contracts have been signed.
"Birmingham City Council will continue to ensure residents have a safe and clean environment to live in."
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