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Monday 27 February 2017

House destroyed after family used black bin bags as makeshift toilets

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The landlord claims €6000 worth of damage was done to the home Credit: Val Calnan
The landlord claims €6000 worth of damage was done to the home Credit: Val Calnan
Credit: Val Calnan
Pictures taken inside a rented house in Cork after a family with young children left it Credit: Val Calnan
Credit: Val Calnan

A landlord has accused a family of destroying his house after they left it covered in maggots, excrement and filth.

The rented property in Cork city was left ruined, said owner Val Calnan, when the family, a couple with three young children, decided to use large bin bags as makeshift toilets.

Speaking to The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork radio station RedFM, he said found one black bag in the hallway filled with faeces and maggots.

The home owner warned other landlords in Cork City to be on the look out for the family, as he was aware they were currently looking for rented accommodation on the north side of the city.

Pictures taken inside a rented house in Cork after a family with young children left it Credit: Val Calnan
Pictures taken inside a rented house in Cork after a family with young children left it Credit: Val Calnan

He said decided to go public with his story to ensure that no other landlord would have to go through the same experience.

Mr Calnan told the station it would likely cost €6,000 to restore the house to its previous condition.

The family, he said, had rented out the house in "pristine condition" but had all but destroyed it before they left.

"The three toilets in the house were blocked, and they were using black bags on the floor as makeshift toilets for a number of months.

"Every appliance in the house needed to be replaced," he added.

Many listeners expressed concern for the welfare of the couple's children, and one caller said he recognised the house having visited it a year ago.

"I delivered an appliance to this house last summer," he said. "The one thing that those pictures can't show is the smell in the house."

Credit: Val Calnan
Credit: Val Calnan

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