Sheffield single mum’s frustration over ‘super rat’ infestation

Tammy and her son Nathaniel
Tammy and her son Nathaniel
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A single mother with an asthmatic son has slammed a housing association for refusing to move them – even though their home is riddled with mould and infested with ‘super rats’.

Tammy Alsop, aged 28, of Fircroft Avenue, Shiregreen, Sheffield has said she is at her ‘wits’ end’ after being told by Sanctuary Housing the rat problem is the tenant’s responsibility.

Holes where the rats are getting into the house

Holes where the rats are getting into the house

But Tammy claims she was told by Sheffield Council environmental services the rats ‘cannot be killed with conventional poisons’.

She said: “I bought two cats, laid traps and poison I have bought from the supermarket, and phoned the environmental services on numerous occasions but the rats still remain.

“The super rats have chewed holes in floorboards, ceiling and gravel around the outside of the house, they are in all my kitchen cupboards, they run across the kitchen sides, dirtied the living room carpet, steal and shred mine and my little boy’s clothes for bedding and recently have even came onto my bed at night where my little boy sleeps while we were in it.”

Tammy, who is studying science at Sheffield College, said the situation has made her life a ‘living hell’ and fears for the health of her four-year-old son Nathaniel.

Tammy and her son Nathaniel

Tammy and her son Nathaniel

She added: “The house is riddled with mould which my doctor has told me has caused my son’s asthma.

“My son is constantly poorly with chest infections due to the dire conditions.

“I’m at my wit’s end I cannot give up the property as I would be making us intentionally homeless and I cannot afford a private home.”

A Sanctuary Housing spokesperson said: “Pest control is the responsibility of our residents, as standard in our tenancy agreements, however, we attended the property in September to fill in holes at the rear of her home at Miss Alsop’s request, and have done so again last week. We have also advised the family of changes they can make which will help prevent rats from being attracted to their home.”

Some holes have suddenly been filled in

Some holes have suddenly been filled in

“Miss Alsop has submitted an request to move, and we are seeking further information which would help support her application.”

A council environmental services spokesperson said they have been to the property four times since July 2013 and said but there was a problem denied they were ‘super rats’.