Mum, 21, ‘tricked’ into living in ‘stinking, damp, rat-infested’ property that risks health of young family

A YOUNG Mum has claimed that she was tricked into living in a stinking, damp, rat-infested property that now risks damaging her family’s health.

Annie-May Spurling, moved into the property in Chellaston, Derby, at
the end of September, but now feels she has been misled.

BPMAnnie-May Spurling and her family moved into the property in late September[/caption]

BPMBut they were claim they tricked after discovering that the house was filthy and in disrepair[/caption]

The 21-year-old described how she was initially told by the previous tenant that she was not allowed to visit the property before receiving the keys due to Covid-19 concerns.

The estate agents allegedly only showed her photographs of the house which she now says differed drastically from the grim reality that she moved into.

Annie-May, who lives with her boyfriend, Joe Bridge, claims the previous tenants of the property left copious amounts of rubbish inside a house smelling of urine.

She also added that there was also supposed traces of faeces and rodent activity.


Describing the horror, the mother of two explained: “The photos look nothing like what the property did after I was handed the keys and went in.

“There are numerous problems. My sink doesn’t have any pipes connected
so I can’t use the taps, there’s been sightings of rats in my house
and garden, the ceiling in the kitchen is about to cave in and is
bowing out.

“In the room that’s supposed to be my two sons’ bedroom, there’s
floorboards with nails that are loose that are easy to pick up, and
there’s floorboards missing that my son tried to put his hands down.

“There’s dog poo and dirty pants in the garden that the previous owner
left, it’s absolutely vile.”

Shocking images also showed disconnected water pipes and missing floorboards as the mother expressed her despair at being unable to provide a safe space for her children to live.

“I was worried about how I would feed my children, with no water to
clean my pots, I couldn’t make any food,” she added.

“I’d been relying on food vouchers for microwave meals and meals out
just to get by.”

BPMMould is pictured on the ceilings of the house in Derby[/caption]

BPMDisconnected water pipes and faeces were also reported[/caption]

BPMAnnie May and her boyfriend Joe Bridge now claim that the property was not checked beforehand and that they were ‘tricked’ into moving in[/caption]

Annie May has since reiterated her belief that nobody visited to check the state of the property before she and her family moved in

It comes after The Guinness Partnership, who own to the property, allegedly informed her that the company wouldn’t allow tenants to leave a home in such a state.

In the meantime, the desperate mother says that she has been left no choice but to live in hotels at her own expense because the house poses too many risks for her two young sons.

“It makes me feel disgusting and it makes me feel like I’ve let my children down,” a furious Annie-May said.

“We’ve come from a really nice house that me and my boyfriend
worked hard to make into a home, and then now it feels like a massive
downgrade and kick in the gut.

“We worked hard on that house and we left something nice, and we knew
we weren’t going into the best but we weren’t expecting what we got.

“It isn’t fair to leave a couple and two children in that situation.”

“There’s dog poo and dirty pants in the garden that the previous owner left, it’s absolutely vile.”

Annie-May Spurling

The young mother is now hoping that the housing car company deem the house unsafe for habitation and place her in temporary accommodation until the issues are rectified.

After being contacted, a spokesperson for The Guinness Partnership said: “Ms Spurling moved into this property through a mutual exchange, where she swapped homes with another resident.

“When taking part in a mutual exchange, we always advise tenants to view the prospective new home in person so they are aware of the
condition of the property.

“A surveyor visited Ms Spurling on Monday 11 October to begin the
process of fitting a new kitchen.

We will be visiting to carry out other works early next week. Ms Spurling is in alternative accommodation in the meantime.”

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