Coogee homeowner’s horror after discovering rat infestation near his $3million beach house

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The sad reality of buying a $3 million home in one of Australia’s most expensive suburbs: “Why didn’t anyone tell me?”

  • Rat problem in Coogee, Sydney
  • Video shows rats scurrying in public

A Sydney man has taken to social media to express his dismay at an infestation of rats in the area where he claims to have bought a house.

Philip Jajou posted a video on TikTok showing rats scurrying across the grass and a road through the bushes in Coogee, where he said he bought a $3million house.

“When you buy a $3 million house in Coogee but no one told you about the rat problem,” he wrote.

‘Why didn’t anyone warn me?’

The video appears to have been shot in a public park in Coogee.

Sydney man Philip Jajou has cried foul after claiming he bought a $3million Coogee house without anyone warning him about what he calls the ‘rat problem’ (pictured)

Commentators said the rats had been a feature of the Coogee area for decades, with one saying they ‘thought it was common knowledge’.

“Coogee rats exist whether you paid $700k or $7m,” another wrote.

Someone said he thought the buyer should have been alerted to the rat problem by his real estate agent.

“If I paid $3 million for a house just to have the real estate agent not once mention to me that it was infested with rats, you can bet I would lower the price,” they said.

But others said it was up to Mr Jajou to do his due diligence before buying the property.

‘Didn’t you take a walk in the area at different times of the day before buying? It’s like a 101 in buying property,” said one commenter.

Randwick Town Council acknowledged that a ‘number of complaints’ were regularly made about vermin and pests in the area.

On its website, the council said its officers could investigate complaints and provide advice on how to deal with any infestation.

“Any infestation involving private land will be the responsibility of the owner or occupier to control by engaging the services of a licensed pest controller,” the council said.

“Rats and mice are generally active at night and are most commonly seen in late summer and early fall.”

NCA NewsWire has contacted Randwick City Council for comment.

Mr Jajou shared a video on TikTok showing the rodents as they rush down the pavement in the open (pictured)

Mr Jajou shared a video on TikTok showing the rodents as they rush down the pavement in the open (pictured)