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ALMOST 68,000 homes in the south east of England are infested with vermin, a survey of house renters has revealed.

The survey from Housing charity Shelter has claimed one in every 10 rented homes has suffered from animal infestations such as mice and cockroaches in the past year alone.

More than a third (34 per cent) of private renters surveyed said they had lived in a property with damp or mould, almost a quarter (24 per cent) suffered with poor insulation and excess cold.

Electrical hazards were reported by 10 per cent of renters.

Shelter helpline adviser Nadeem Khan said: ‘Every day at Shelter we speak to people desperate for help, after being forced to live in appalling conditions for months on 
end.’

Shelter offers free advice online at shelter.org.uk/advice or over the phone on 0808 800 4444.