Fuming dad slams council for leaving him living next to rat hotel for 20 years

An angry father has claimed he's been forced to live next door to a rat-infested abandoned house for more than 20 YEARS.

David Nicholls, 59, slammed council bosses for failing to act after he complained about hearing the rodents under his floorboards and seeing them scurry across his garden.

The dad-of-two moved into his terraced home on Murray Avenue, in Abington, Northampton with his wife and two kids in 1998.

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His next door neighbour had moved out the year before and since then he said the property has been neglected to the point it has become a serious health hazard.

The unsightly boarded-up house has smashed windows, messy overgrown gardens and the squalid interior is piled high with boxes and bags.

David said it has become a "rat hotel," prompting some neighbours to move away as a result.

"We've all been putting out traps for the rats – I've found loads of their faeces in my loft," he explained.

"There have been rats beneath my floorboards and in the walls – my kitchen roof is also covered in rat droppings between the joists. Its unbelievable.

"There are children with families living on this road, yet our pleas to the council keep falling on deaf ears."

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He is now demanding West Northamptonshire Council take enforcement action to allow them to rescue the property and make it habitable again.

"It's is basically the perfect hotel for rats and my house is attached to it – the worry has affected my wife's health.

"Luckily our two children are grown up and have moved out, because I wouldn't want them living in this.

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"I just can't understand how the situation has been allowed to continue for so long."

A West Northamptonshire Council spokesperson said: "The council continues to investigate and progress action in line with the latest findings from the local government ombudsman.

"The council is not the owner of the property, and is not responsible for the property.

"WNC confirms that where possible it will take enforcement action to secure improvements to the property and the neighbourhood when the law allows."

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