9:00 AM, 22nd December 2020, About 10 months ago 10
A tenant has contacted me to say she can hear mice under the floorboards upstairs. She knows for sure that they have them next door, as she knows one of the occupants, and she said they were rife, but although she has reported them to her LL nothing has been done. This neighbouring lady moved off the property, but my tenant says she still hears the neighbours shouting ‘Mice’ and seemingly banging the hell out of them when they are caught (yuk!)
I have written a letter to the owner of the property in question alerting him to the issue and found that he lets it out as an HMO. Have contacted the Council and found out the name of the company running the HMO and contacted them by email. No response from either the owner or HMO agent to date.
We have looked at our property and there are no obvious holes the mice are coming in from, but it is an old turn of the century house and I think they could be coming in via the party wall between each property as it is a “sleeper” wall. These are of brick but have single bricks left out to allow air circulation to limit damp and, in particular, dry rot.
We have put bait down through the floorboards and done what we can, but if they are coming through from the property next door what else can we do? I can’t block up these air spaces, or we get longer term issues.
Now what? Is there any way I can get the neighbouring owner/HMO Agent to do something and take responsibility as this is clearly started from their property?
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