Carer trapped in rat-infested home covered in droppings and dead rodents

A care worker living in a rat-infested home says rodents are chewing through her clothes, destroying furniture and shredding important documents.

Louise Plunkett, 34, sleeps on top of her remaining files on her sofa and washes herself in the sink as hundreds of fresh rodent droppings and urine appear in the bath every morning, MyLondon reports.

Her cooker is also routinely coated in the same vermin filth and she has slammed her housing provider's £25 compensation for "our service falling short in the past".

Louise, of Mitcham, south London, said: "To go to work and not be clean. To not have water to drink. To have to go through mental health problems because the housing has made my health so poor – I don't think they realise what they've done to me. I just have no life. This is not a life that I can live.

"I've been sleeping on a sofa for nine months, in my own home. My gran and mum passed away. They’ve taken away my human rights and dehumanised me. This is all I have left."

The stress caused by her living situation has made Louise feel she "has not grieved properly" for her former NHS nurse mother and grandmother.

The volume of droppings inside the property is so out of control, Louise has to store her food on high shelves away from kitchen cupboards.

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But living with rodents has become a "numb" encounter for Louise, whose "inhumane" living conditions and ongoing battle with her housing association, Clarion Housing, is slowly taking away everything she owns.

Louise is now taking legal action against Clarion, and an investigation is ongoing. She would like to be placed in a new property, as she has been promised in the past.

Louise, a care worker, is one of 350,000 people in the UK living in a home administered by Clarion, which has 125,000 properties across more than 170 local authorities.

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Clarion claims that it has been in weekly communication with Louise since February, but she says that's not the case.

A spokesperson said: "We have apologised to the resident and paid compensation in recognition of our service falling short in the past."

But Louise denies that she's even received an apology and says that since she spoke to My London just £25 she believes to be compensation appeared in her account.

However, she says she does not wish to accept this, and it "falls well short".

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Louise says her fond memories of her childhood home in Gladstone House, Mitcham, have now been destroyed.

She moved into the £575-a-month property with her mother and grandmother when she was eight years old.

Her mother came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1970s to work here as a nurse for the NHS.

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Shortly after her grandmother died in 2009, Louise says Merton Council sold the property off to Clarion.

Louise claims this is when she started to experience problems with the property.

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