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A pensioner has claimed that she is being forced to live permanently in a Travelodge due to a serious mice infestation at her housing association home.
76-year-old Davina Hamilton has been at the hotel in New Brighton, Wirral, for almost two months while the problems at her flat in Maritime Grange, Seacombe, are dealt with.
The retired legal secretary, who moved into the flat in August 2019, explained that Regenda, the landlord, eventually offered to renovate the property and remove the mice after two years of her suffering, reports the Liverpool Echo.
She said: "I am now due to begin my seventh week of staying at the Travelodge in a room with a small kettle, a TV and my computer on the dressing table.
"Every day I must travel back to Maritime Grange… to get clean clothes and to do my laundry.
"It was agreed my flat would be completely renovated including special attention being given to the obvious vermin problem plus all contamination removed.
"Also the kitchen needed to be completely removed…various entry points in the walls where mice had access to be sealed and a new kitchen and flooring installed."
Initially, Davina said she was only supposed to move out for 28 days while the work was completed, and that Regenda agreed to a daily food allowance given she was unable to cook for herself from the hotel room.
In July, Davina explained that a "plague" of rodents had been tormenting her – disturbing her sleep and brazenly staring at her while she was watching telly.
At the time she said: "I have to deal with this infestation every day. There are droppings in my bed, in my food cupboards and all over the edges of the carpet."
The stress of the mice had been keeping her awake at night and she was forced to put her belongings in plastic storage boxes to stop them being damaged.
A spokesperson for Regenda has told the Liverpool Echo: "We are sorry that work to Ms Hamilton’s flat has taken longer than we anticipated.
"We have been in regular contact with Ms Hamilton, and I am pleased to confirm that she will able to move back into her home on Friday 12 November.
"This follows extensive work to her property, including the installation of a new kitchen, new carpets fitted throughout, full decoration and new furniture, including a new sofa, cooker and hob and fridge freezer.
"While Ms Hamilton has not been living at her flat, we are providing a food allowance of £15 each day. We have also provided compensation to Ms Hamilton.
"However, we fully appreciate that not having cooking or laundry facilities readily available is difficult and we apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
"We’re looking forward to welcoming Ms Hamilton back to Maritime Grange."
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