Rennie Mackintosh Hotel in Glasgow branded a ‘nightmare’ with mouse infestation

A GLASGOW hotel that houses homeless people has been branded a ‘nightmare’ and ‘uninhabitable’ by a resident who claims to be living with a mouse infestation.

Allan White has been moved to the Rennie Mackintosh Hotel on Union Street, which is financially supported by Glasgow City Council.

He says he has seen mice at least eight times since moving in on July 20.

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He told the Glasgow Times: “I saw mice running up and down my room and on the hotel stairs. In my bedroom there is a huge hole in the floor and mice are running up and down.

“I asked them to put something in the hole, but nothing was done.

“I spoke to a few people, and a guy above me and below me said the same thing.

“It’s absolutely filthy – you wouldn’t keep a dog there.”

The footage shows a mouse hole in the corner of Mr White’s bedroom. He says hotel staff gave him a mousetrap in response to his concerns, but it failed to keep the mice away completely.

He added that the mice caused a bad smell throughout the hotel.

He said, “The place also stinks. There is a strong smell of urine that smells like it came from mice.

“It can be felt the minute I walk into the hotel’s main entrance.”

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Mr White has struggled with homelessness since struggling financially during the pandemic and trying to cope with the rising cost of living.

He says he has raised the mouse issue with council and hotel staff on several occasions, but he feels it is not taken seriously enough.

Last year we told how another homeless man living at the Rennie Mackintosh Hotel was living with an ‘unbearable’ mouse problem.

Resident Terry Murphy claimed his sleep was suffering and mice even jumped into residents’ beds during the night.

Mr White feels that placing homeless people in substandard living conditions gives the impression that they are being treated as ‘second-class citizens’ and that the state of their accommodation will continue to affect them.

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He said: “The accommodation they put people in is uninhabitable.

“I’ve seen a lot of guys here with addictions, mental health issues and debt, but the council doesn’t want to help people, they just put people here and forget about them.

“I spoke to two other guys at the hotel, and they feel the same way.

“I’m really angry and annoyed.”

He added: “The way homeless people are treated is totally out of order. People can find themselves in this situation through no fault of their own and they are treated like animals and put in slums.

“It affects me, I don’t want to be stuck here; I dread the future.

These fears have now led Mr White to leave the hotel to stay with a friend for a few days.

The board confirmed they are now dealing with the issue and have booked him into another accommodation.

A spokeswoman said: “We are aware of this complaint and have moved the service user to another accommodation while the issue is resolved.”

The Rennie Mackintosh Hotel has also been contacted for comment.

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