Blackheath couple find rat in 3-year-old son's bed - and hole in bath 'three fists' wide

Blackheath couple find rat in 3-year-old son's bed - and hole in bath 'three fists' wide

Blackheath couple find rat in 3-year-old son's bed - and hole in bath 'three fists' wide

Blackheath couple find rat in 3-year-old son's bed - and hole in bath 'three fists' wide

One of the rats was killed by the family dog in the kitchen

Rats have been chomping through the furniture

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A Blackheath couple say the rat problem at their home got so bad they discovered one curled up in their three-year-old son's bed - but their housing association still did nothing to help.

Emma Butler-Kalogeras, 31, has been warning about the vermin in her Invicta Road flat since she moved in nearly two years ago, with rats scurrying around the property and chomping a hole "three fists" wide through her bath.

But she claims Hyde Housing said nothing could be done as the flat is provided by a private landlord who was being unresponsive.

Things reached a head in February when her son Theo came into her bedroom saying there was a rat in his bed.

Leanne Kennedy, 25, explained: "We just said 'it's a nightmare, don't be silly' and put him in bed with us."

She said: "The next morning I went into his room looking for a torch.

"I pulled back the blanket, moved the torch and there was a rat curled up underneath it. I screamed and it scarpered down the side of the bed."

News Shopper: Blackheath couple find rat in 3-year-old son's bed - and hole in bath 'three fists' wide

When pest control came visiting they found what appeared to be the same rodent hiding in little Theo's toy box. Since then, the frightened youngster has been too terrified to come back to the house and is staying with grandparents.

But his parents, who have been housed by Hyde through Greenwich Council, still had to put up with it and the holes in the walls the rodents scurried through were left open, with more rats coming in.

Ms Kennedy said: "On one day we had four rats running around in our place. They were in the kitchen, our son's bedroom, our bedroom. Our dog got hold of one and killed it on the kitchen floor."

She went on: "We see them everyday but it's more of a night time thing. When it's quiet you can hear them running around behind the cupboards.

"We've been apart from our son for a month. He won't set foot in this property. We've been sleeping on the sofa. We can't go in our room because there are so many droppings in there."

She said: "You feel vile, you feel disgusting. It's terrible because you;re constantly jumping, thinking 'what's that in the corner of my eye?'

"It's outrageous to feel so disgusted in your own home and with your own belongings."

The family have written to Greenwich and Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford along with their ward councillor Cllr Alex Grant, asking for help.

News Shopper: One of the rats was killed by the family dog in the kitchen

And, after News Shopper got in contact with Hyde, the association sent someone round to meet them.

Hyde’s London head of private sector leasing and management services Mandy Chowdhary said: "We are sorry that Ms Butler Kalogeras is unhappy with the service she has received. This is clearly a very distressing situation for her and her family.

"We are aware of the situation and our pest control contractors have visited the premises on many occasions, but have not managed to contain the situation.

"Our housing officer is in close contact with the family and I myself met with them yesterday.

"The contractors are attending today (February 28) and Saturday to carry out repairs including sealing up of holes/access points. 

"A deep clean of the property will take place after that. The family has asked to be re-housed and we are working with the council to establish whether this will be possible."

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9:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

Is this a Folded Arms Fashion Shoot perchance?
Is this a Folded Arms Fashion Shoot perchance? Dr. Nick
  • Score: 25

10:02pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Someone must of had it in for them.
Someone must of had it in for them. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -36

11:54pm Fri 28 Feb 14

toomush2drink says...

Its not difficult to work out what to do.

Start cleaning up so there isnt a food source for them.

Get a pest controller in, yes it might cost you, but im assuming you actually care about your child enough to do that ?

It what those of us with mortgages have to do btw.

Stop expecting everyone else to sort it out.

Simples
Its not difficult to work out what to do. Start cleaning up so there isnt a food source for them. Get a pest controller in, yes it might cost you, but im assuming you actually care about your child enough to do that ? It what those of us with mortgages have to do btw. Stop expecting everyone else to sort it out. Simples toomush2drink
  • Score: -4

12:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

Freakishkinger says...

If you see how bad the building up keep was which is nothing to do with the tenant you would not be blaming the poor family. They care about there child very much get your facts right before you judge people .
If you see how bad the building up keep was which is nothing to do with the tenant you would not be blaming the poor family. They care about there child very much get your facts right before you judge people . Freakishkinger
  • Score: 34

12:28pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Raedor says...

Regardless of the Buildings upkeep. The easy answer as said before is to remove all easy food source and supplies. In other words, keep everything clean & tidy & then they will not bother you & simply go to other dirty peoples homes and eat from them.
its not really rocket science & as others say, why is it that they are always so quick & eager to blame everyone else.
Regardless of the Buildings upkeep. The easy answer as said before is to remove all easy food source and supplies. In other words, keep everything clean & tidy & then they will not bother you & simply go to other dirty peoples homes and eat from them. its not really rocket science & as others say, why is it that they are always so quick & eager to blame everyone else. Raedor
  • Score: -4

2:33pm Sat 1 Mar 14

nearly right all the time says...

Looks like the pair of them good do with a "deep clean"!
Looks like the pair of them good do with a "deep clean"! nearly right all the time
  • Score: -25

4:23pm Sat 1 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Seems to me the pest control company used by Hyde need to lose their contact, because if they can't irradiate the problem, they ain't doing their job properly, also what happened to the excuse that the flat belonged to a private landlord and that it was his problem?Hyde soon changed their tune when councillors and papers become involved, and immediately started pulling out stops to get the problem solved, that was appalling treatment towards their tenant s, Hyde should be ashamed.
Seems to me the pest control company used by Hyde need to lose their contact, because if they can't irradiate the problem, they ain't doing their job properly, also what happened to the excuse that the flat belonged to a private landlord and that it was his problem?Hyde soon changed their tune when councillors and papers become involved, and immediately started pulling out stops to get the problem solved, that was appalling treatment towards their tenant s, Hyde should be ashamed. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 25

10:24am Mon 3 Mar 14

concerned.erith says...

Keep the place clean and you won't have this problem. Alternative - MOVE
Keep the place clean and you won't have this problem. Alternative - MOVE concerned.erith
  • Score: -3

11:01pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Stop_Whining says...

Why has the kid got his lip like that? Like he is about to cry? Pathetic.

For all we know that poor little mite that was killed could've been Mr Bojangles from The Green Mile. Enjoying life, all snug in a rug and then WHAM! SMACK! he's dead.

RIP little Bojangles.

I thank you
Why has the kid got his lip like that? Like he is about to cry? Pathetic. For all we know that poor little mite that was killed could've been Mr Bojangles from The Green Mile. Enjoying life, all snug in a rug and then WHAM! SMACK! he's dead. RIP little Bojangles. I thank you Stop_Whining
  • Score: -4

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