The owner of a rat-infested home in the North-east could be forced to foot the bill for a council clean-up operation.
Water dripping from a damaged pipe has been filling the property in Rose Avenue for the last 12 months but the supply has yet to be switched off. The walls of the property are covered in mould while neighbours have been wakened by parts of the interior “collapsing”.
Aberdeenshire Council has revealed it may use “legislative powers” to bring in contractors to tackle the vermin outbreak and make the building safe, with the owner having to cover the costs.
The house was left to Leia Stephen, 17, and her sister by their grandmother, who will inherit the property when they are 21. It is currently being “cared for” by another family member, who declined to comment.
A council spokesman said: “Officers have been investigating the matter and contacted Scottish Water to effect any necessary repairs.
“We are trying to ascertain whether neighbouring properties are directly affected, in which case we may use legislative powers to carry out appropriate works.”