A Sydney man took to social media to express his dismay at the rat infestation in the area where he claimed to have bought his home.
Philip Jajou posted a video on TikTok of rats scurrying through the grass and bushes of Coogee, where he said he bought a house for $3 million.
“If you bought a $3 million house in Coogee and nobody told you about the rat problem,” he wrote.
“Why didn’t anyone warn me?”
It’s unclear if the rat footage was filmed on Jajou’s property or on public property.
Commentators noted that rats have been a feature of the Coogee area for decades, and one said, “I thought it was common knowledge.”
“Coogee rats exist whether you paid $700,000 or $7 million,” another user wrote.
Someone said he thinks homebuyers should have been warned about the rat problem by their realtors.
“If I paid $3 million for a house and the real estate agent never told me it was infested with rats, I’m sure I’d lower the price,” they said.
But some say it’s Mr. Jajou’s responsibility to exercise due diligence before buying a property.
“Didn’t you stroll around the area at different times of the day before buying? It’s like 101 in property buying,” said one commenter.
Randwick City Council has acknowledged that it regularly receives “numerous complaints” about vermin and pests in the area.
The council said on its website that officers can investigate complaints and offer advice on how to deal with intrusions.
“Any encroachment involving private property is the responsibility of the landowner or occupant to control using the services of a licensed exterminator,” the council said.
“Rats and mice are generally nocturnal and are commonly seen in late summer and early fall.”
NCA NewsWire has reached out to Randwick City Council for comment.
‘Why didn’t anyone warn me?’: Sydney man shocked by rodent problem in area
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