Woman dealing with rat infestation reaches out to 8News for help

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A woman claims the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority isn’t doing enough to fix the rat problem at her apartment. She told 8News the problem is so bad that even though she is still paying rent, she and her two kids are staying with friends until the rats are gone.

1fe7384f87f74b7d9163ec8cb2932d9fThe woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she called 8News because she didn’t know where else to turn. She says her maintenance requests are getting nowhere, and she doesn’t know how much longer her family can take moving from home-to-home.

“I’m ready for me and my family to come home,” she told 8News Reporter Tracey Smith.

The Gilpin Court resident has been dealing with the rat problem at her apartment since March and has the maintenance request forms to prove it. Six months later, she says she’s still getting the runaround from management.

51932ffff86a4ac49d9c37ee3e2d612c“They are making it seem like it’s my fault and it’s not,” she said.

The woman claims many of her work orders have been marked as completed, even without someone showing up to address the problem at her apartment. And when someone did come, they set up small mice traps that she said did nothing to help the problem.

“That’s not going to do anything because I don’t have a mouse, I have a rat,” she said.

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She says the rats have turned her home upside down as she is constantly trying to move furniture around to block them out, not to mention having to clean up the feces they leave behind. That’s why back in July she took her children out of the home and started staying with friends.

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“What did you expect me to do with two young children in here?” she questioned. “I can’t stay in this apartment with families of rats roaming through my apartment.”

When she asked to be moved into another unit, her request was denied because it would be a “convenience move.”

“I’m not saying I want to leave my apartment, I want my apartment, I just want the situation taken care of so we can come home,” she said.

“I’m not saying I want to leave my apartment, I want my apartment, I just want the situation taken care of so we can come home.”

8News has reached out to RRHA but have not heard back, but we did receive a copy of the email that was sent to the woman and it states that crews baited the home on Thursday. But when 8News Reporter went to the apartment Thursday evening, there appeared to be no new traps.

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