Couple’s anger at rat-infested house horror

Housing complaint couple Jason Taylor and partner Rachel Murdoch, of Dundas Road, Tinsley, with their children Lilly and Marcus.
Housing complaint couple Jason Taylor and partner Rachel Murdoch, of Dundas Road, Tinsley, with their children Lilly and Marcus.
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Two small children have faced months of being brought up in a damp rodent-infested home.

Jason Taylor and Rachel Murdoch complained numerous times about the rats, mice and slugs in their home where they live with Marcus Murdoch-Taylor, aged two, and seven-month-old Lilly.

The couple claim the problems began soon after they moved into the property in Dundas Road, Tinsley and, despite numerous complaints to their housing provider, little action has been taken.

Jason said their children cannot sleep in their own room due to the mice and have also developed illnesses as a result of the condition.

He said: “We are at breaking point over this. Me and my partner broke up over this it’s caused that much stress. We have been living there around a year and since day one this has been going on. They came down and they promised all this stuff they were going to do and then they did nothing.

“Social services kept giving them deadlines to get this stuff done but they never did. They kept doing small stuff to look like they are doing something.

“They have left us in that house for a year now. The kids have to sleep with us because in Marcus’ room there are mice in there.”

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A Sheffield Council spokesman said that all the work was due to be carried out.

He said: “The council’s private housing standards team has been working with partner agencies to ensure required works are carried out by the landlord to address the issues present here.

“This is a complex case with a number of relevant factors.

“A number of repairs have been completed already, and we have agreed with Metropolitan and the landlord that further works will be finalised. The council will continue to monitor progress and take any further action deemed necessary.”

A Metropolitan spokesman said: “Metropolitan does not own the property, but provides support to the family living there.

“When the family moved in we ensured that it met all relevant health and safety standards and Sheffield Council’s private housing standards team has assessed the property following the concerns raised.

“The owner of the property has dealt with all of the key issues, including replacement of the boiler, and all relevant safety certification is in place.

“Our team continues to provide the family with support alongside a number of other agencies.”