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Chelmsley Wood mum horror at rat problem

A MUM whose foot went through the rotten floor of her council house was horrified to find the space underneath riddled with rat droppings.

A MUM whose foot went through the rotten floor of her council house was horrified to find the space underneath riddled with rat droppings.

Laren Brittain, of Cornfield Croft, Chelmsley Wood, said she was scared for her children’s health after discovering her home was infested with the rodents - which she can hear scrabbling around underneath the floorboards at night.

Initially, Solihull CommunityHousing had told the 33-year-old tenant that she must pay the £30 charge for pest control herself. But on Wednesday, the housing association confirmed they would waive the fee.

“It was a few weeks ago that my foot just went right through the bedroom floor,” said mum-of-two Miss Brittain. “All underneath was covered in rat poo, it was disgusting.

“I’m worried sick one of the children might catch something and I think it’s entirely unfair to ask me to sort out a problem I haven’t caused.”

A workman had arrived to repair the floor earlier in the week but could not start the job until the rats had been dealt with.

Councillor Chris Williams (Green, Chelmsley Wood) had originally called for SCH to pay the pest control fee and was pleased they had relented.

“Common sense has prevailed and I’m pleased they have agreed to help a woman in a difficult position,” he said. “Although this is what should have happened from the start.

“By originally asking for her to pay herself, the workman couldn’t start his job and it’s ended up costing them a lot more.”

SCH confirmed pest control had been out this week and repairs on the floor should be completed soon.

 

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