Tenant’s home found crawling with cockroaches as dozens scurry from cooker hob

A tenant in a London rental house has a cockroach infestation so bad that the critters fill the space beneath the hobs on their cooker, their cupboards, inside the wifi box and even inside their fire alarm.

The tenant, who lives in the borough of Lewisham, reported the problem to Lewisham Homes, who run the property, 10 years ago, according to house activist Kwajo Tweneboa.

In a series of videos accompanying his initial Twitter message, Kwajo shows the infestation that has left the unnamed family "unable to eat in their home."

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In one grim clip shared with his 59.1k followers, Kwajo lifts the metal plate on the hob to reveal an army of the critters who then scuttle across the top of the cooker.

"They’ve tried getting rid of the cockroaches with no luck. They can’t even eat in their home because of this," he wrote alongside the clip, which has since gone viral.

"Two young children here, Lewisham is aware of it and this is how they're having to live," he says.

He adds that the fridge broke because the insects "invaded" and destroyed the electrics.

He then shows several cockroach traps that are absolutely rammed with the critters from one week alone.

The activist adds that the infestation is so bad they have found cockroaches inside their WiFi box, television and inside drawers.

He posted: "The worst case of cockroaches I have come across…an infestation so bad the kids and mum say they crawl all over them at night with one crawling into mum's ear…"

Worryingly, the family have had to remove their fire alarm after cockroaches "got in as they keep triggering it".

A slew of responses said that Lewisham Homes, the provider, should be "ashamed" as many also questioned how someone could be left to live in such conditions in the UK in 2022.

The Star has contacted both Lewisham Council, and Lewisham Homes, who manage social housing on the council's behalf.

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Lewisham Homes responded to Kwajo's claims on Twitter, admitting that the living conditions are "clearly unacceptable."

The tweet read: "We have seen a thread of videos from @KwajoHousing today regarding one of our properties. We are looking into it as a matter of urgency and will update here when we have been able to contact the resident.

"The conditions evident in the video are clearly unacceptable."

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