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MP calls for action over rat-infested house
MP for Chingford Iain Duncan Smith has said he is “appalled” that a house has been left for 25 years to become derelict and infested with rats, following a plea for help from neighbours.
People living near the house in Chingford Avenue say they are being terrorised by rodents which destroy belongings and try to get into their homes.
During a visit to the site on Friday, Mr Duncan Smith has called for Waltham Forest Council to take action against the owner.
He said: ““I was appalled to hear that this house has been derelict for 25 years and that no action has been taken by LBWF to trace the owner or sort out the problem of the rats.
“The house is not only an eye-sore but is also causing structural damage to the neighbouring properties because of the rats.
“I have written to the London Borough of Waltham Forest to ask that some immediate action is taken.”
A council spokesman said officers regularly bait rats to keep them under control in the house, adding the authority has been pursuing the owner for more than a year.
A notice has been served on the owner to fix the overgrown garden and a drainage problem in July this year.
Police have been called twice to break into the property following reports of a potent stench which could have been a decomposing body – only to find dead foxes.
Pam Eldridge, 69, who lives next door to the house said: “It’s more than disgusting.
“There’s an enormous amount of rats, from little ones up to great big ones.
“They come under the fence and tear everything to bits.”
“No one knows the whereabouts of the owner.”