Rat-infected property in South London, where vulnerable residents are afraid of being thrown out

Residents of a rat attack on South London property have been informed of the council’s plans to demolish their homes.

The estate of Dodson and Amigo has reportedly been infested with pests since at least May this year, and residents say it has made their lives a living nightmare.

Many of those living on the estate have reported that both their physical and mental health have been affected by the attack.

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Jacquie Gilmartin has lived on the estate for over 50 years.

She is a cancer survivor and now suffers from a serious respiratory disease.

She spoke to MyLondon from the hospital.

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“I reported the problem back in May, but I have reason to believe that the council knew about it long before then.

“Rats and mice are all in the cavities, and they are in the walls.

“I can not go into my kitchen after noon. 19 because of that and I can not go in there in the morning until someone has checked.

“The same with the bathroom, which is just constantly scurrying. There is no way to live. ”

Rats and mice have been found throughout the property in a number of properties and in common recreational spaces.

In photos sent to MyLondon, rats can be seen decomposing in the grass.

“The council says the estate is substandard, but I have not seen any evidence. There is a pest problem, but that does not mean the goods have to be torn down.

“They want to knock down eight homes to replace it with eleven apparently, which is not exactly a massive addition to housing.”

Residents were asked via email to fill out a housing needs form, but many have refused to point out that no building permit has been granted.

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Rats and mice are found degraded across the property

Residents say their properties have been flooded by rats, which have had a serious impact on their mental health

A number of vulnerable people live on the estate and news that they may lose their homes for demolition has caused much distress.

According to the residents, they were told by the council that they were not aware of vulnerable people on the estate and that no health impact assessment had been carried out.

George Dagan has been calling the estate home for 18 years.

He said: “I am an extremely vulnerable person who has very complex mental health issues.

“I have been struggling for the last year with the threat of losing my house for demolition and then having to share my home with mice and rats since May last year.

“My entire support network is on this property, and the Southwark Council is tearing my life apart.

“The impact on my mental health has reached the point where I no longer want to be here.

“The council does not care about us, they just care about developers and profits.”

Residents of the Dodson and Amigo estate held a picnic to protest the redevelopment


Amanda Davies has been on the estate for over 25 years.

She said: ““ I have been living with mice and rats in my apartment for 6 months now, 2 of which Southwark refused to acknowledge my reports.

“I have had a sharp decline in my mental health, which led to me having to report suicidal thoughts to my GP, and my asthma has been affected.

“I have had financial problems as I have had to replace food and clothing that has been damaged or contaminated by pests.”

MyLondon has contacted the Southwark Council for an answer.

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