Families living in Walthamstow say they have to put up with mice, cockroaches and constant damp

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Young families living in a housing block say that they are being plagued by cockroaches, mice, rats, other bugs and constant leaks.

Two mums have criticised the housing association CBHA which is now owned by the Peabody for consistently failing to fix problems which are causing stress and upset to them and their young children.

Jazmin Hicks-Leahy, 23, said that her flat in St Andrews Road, Walthamstow is so bad that her family’s health is suffering.

“My son has been in our room for four months because there are two holes in his ceiling. This is now the third time that it has happened,” She said.

“He got a respiratory infection last time.

“I keep phoning the housing association, they have sent out a different surveyor every time. It’s like they don’t care because they don’t have to live here.

“My anxiety is just through the roof.”

Cracks in the wall and damp however were the least of Miss Hicks-Leahy’s worries last week as she opened a cupboard to find cockroaches inside.

She said: “I phoned the council straight away and they said that I would have to wait until Wednesday. It’s just disgusting.”

Natasha Craig, 30, lives below with her partner and four children.

She said: “I have had so many problems. When we first moved in we got bed bugs and my family had to sleep on airbeds. All my stuff was brand new.

“We live on the ground floor and there have been mice and rats.

“I was sitting on the toilet last week and I saw this bug.

“Later I went into my kitchen and there was another one. When the guy came out he said that one of my neighbours had cockroaches and they were escaping into my house.

“I have a disabled son and we have his food delivered which we have to store. I can’t have bugs around his food.”

CBHA has been asked to comment.

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12:15pm Sat 3 May 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

Not at all surprized
Not at all surprized SpursSupporter1
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1:25pm Sat 3 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Cockroaches and mice thrive in dirty places where people do not clean and leave food easily accessible to rodents. Cockroaches feed on dead skin and even human hair in fact practically any grime.

Damp invariably caused by lack of ventilation.

Maybe this complaining should have a spring clean up instead of running to the newspapers.
Cockroaches and mice thrive in dirty places where people do not clean and leave food easily accessible to rodents. Cockroaches feed on dead skin and even human hair in fact practically any grime. Damp invariably caused by lack of ventilation. Maybe this complaining should have a spring clean up instead of running to the newspapers. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

5:38pm Sat 3 May 14

Sam Hain says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Cockroaches and mice thrive in dirty places where people do not clean and leave food easily accessible to rodents. Cockroaches feed on dead skin and even human hair in fact practically any grime.

Damp invariably caused by lack of ventilation.

Maybe this complaining should have a spring clean up instead of running to the newspapers.
How I wish I could swat you as easily as a bug you smug, self-satisfied, complacent poster!.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Cockroaches and mice thrive in dirty places where people do not clean and leave food easily accessible to rodents. Cockroaches feed on dead skin and even human hair in fact practically any grime. Damp invariably caused by lack of ventilation. Maybe this complaining should have a spring clean up instead of running to the newspapers.[/p][/quote]How I wish I could swat you as easily as a bug you smug, self-satisfied, complacent poster!. Sam Hain
  • Score: 8

6:36pm Sat 3 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Sam Hain wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Cockroaches and mice thrive in dirty places where people do not clean and leave food easily accessible to rodents. Cockroaches feed on dead skin and even human hair in fact practically any grime.

Damp invariably caused by lack of ventilation.

Maybe this complaining should have a spring clean up instead of running to the newspapers.
How I wish I could swat you as easily as a bug you smug, self-satisfied, complacent poster!.
You should get real and face the facts, instead of listening to people who ,despite their dire situation, do nothing to alleviate obvious problems by simple remedies
[quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Cockroaches and mice thrive in dirty places where people do not clean and leave food easily accessible to rodents. Cockroaches feed on dead skin and even human hair in fact practically any grime. Damp invariably caused by lack of ventilation. Maybe this complaining should have a spring clean up instead of running to the newspapers.[/p][/quote]How I wish I could swat you as easily as a bug you smug, self-satisfied, complacent poster!.[/p][/quote]You should get real and face the facts, instead of listening to people who ,despite their dire situation, do nothing to alleviate obvious problems by simple remedies Villagecranberry
  • Score: -12

2:46pm Sun 4 May 14

Go42 says...

Cockroahes if found in one flat may be in several. The Council's strict role is to investigate and make sure that the infestation is resolved. In this case I would expect the housing association to treat the infestation or pay the Council to doso. Traps would need to be placed in surrounding flats to determine tbe extent of the infestation. I hope and from experience feel that this would have been explained to the tenant.
Cockroahes if found in one flat may be in several. The Council's strict role is to investigate and make sure that the infestation is resolved. In this case I would expect the housing association to treat the infestation or pay the Council to doso. Traps would need to be placed in surrounding flats to determine tbe extent of the infestation. I hope and from experience feel that this would have been explained to the tenant. Go42
  • Score: 4

2:50pm Sun 4 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Go42 wrote:
Cockroahes if found in one flat may be in several. The Council's strict role is to investigate and make sure that the infestation is resolved. In this case I would expect the housing association to treat the infestation or pay the Council to doso. Traps would need to be placed in surrounding flats to determine tbe extent of the infestation. I hope and from experience feel that this would have been explained to the tenant.
Maybe the tenants should clean their 'life of grime' instead of spending all day smoking, drinking or watching TV'. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
[quote][p][bold]Go42[/bold] wrote: Cockroahes if found in one flat may be in several. The Council's strict role is to investigate and make sure that the infestation is resolved. In this case I would expect the housing association to treat the infestation or pay the Council to doso. Traps would need to be placed in surrounding flats to determine tbe extent of the infestation. I hope and from experience feel that this would have been explained to the tenant.[/p][/quote]Maybe the tenants should clean their 'life of grime' instead of spending all day smoking, drinking or watching TV'. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

10:45pm Sun 4 May 14

red37red says...

same as papermill place over the road...bad design and nothing gets repaired for months...run down and a dangerous place to live with kids..
same as papermill place over the road...bad design and nothing gets repaired for months...run down and a dangerous place to live with kids.. red37red
  • Score: 3

11:51am Mon 5 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Sam Hain wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Cockroaches and mice thrive in dirty places where people do not clean and leave food easily accessible to rodents. Cockroaches feed on dead skin and even human hair in fact practically any grime.

Damp invariably caused by lack of ventilation.

Maybe this complaining should have a spring clean up instead of running to the newspapers.
How I wish I could swat you as easily as a bug you smug, self-satisfied, complacent poster!.
What is complacent about suggesting to people to keep their home clean.

Rodents and cockroaches thrive on filth, it is a fact.
[quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Cockroaches and mice thrive in dirty places where people do not clean and leave food easily accessible to rodents. Cockroaches feed on dead skin and even human hair in fact practically any grime. Damp invariably caused by lack of ventilation. Maybe this complaining should have a spring clean up instead of running to the newspapers.[/p][/quote]How I wish I could swat you as easily as a bug you smug, self-satisfied, complacent poster!.[/p][/quote]What is complacent about suggesting to people to keep their home clean. Rodents and cockroaches thrive on filth, it is a fact. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

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