Wednesday 18 September 2019

'Almost every room in the house was destroyed' - landlord horrified to discover months of rubbish packed inside property

The stench inside the property was vile with the tenants having kept the windows closed for over a year. Photo: RedFM
The stench inside the property was vile with the tenants having kept the windows closed for over a year. Photo: RedFM

Ralph Riegel

A CORK landlord faces spending thousands of euro repairing a house after it was left virtually destroyed by tenants who packed months of rubbish inside the property.

The landlord was horrified, on investigating a complaint of a pest infestation from neighbours, to discover the tenants had stored months of rubbish until the rotting debris reached from the floor to the ceiling of most rooms

Her house was also soiled by waste from cats and dogs who had been kept inside for weeks at a time.

The stench inside the property was vile with the tenants having kept the windows closed for over a year.

Pet waste was strewn on some floors. Photo: RedFM
Pet waste was strewn on some floors. Photo: RedFM

The tenants, who had been in the property for several years, voluntarily left the house within days of being told the landlord wanted to inspect her property amid pest infestation concerns.

Neighbour Elaine - who does not want her family or the property to be identified - said the photographs taken inside the house were truly horrific.

"Almost every room in the house was destroyed," she told the Neil Prendeville Show on RedFM.

"She (landlord Kristine) was horrified - I wouldn't have believed it unless I had seen the photographs myself," she said.

The kitchen in the house had rubbish bags stacked from the floor to the ceiling - while dishes, saucepans and pots were left unwashed and stained with rotting food.

Pet waste was strewn on some floors.

Almost all the furniture in the house was damaged or wrecked - while the bedding was so soiled it had to be destroyed. Photo; RedFM
Almost all the furniture in the house was damaged or wrecked - while the bedding was so soiled it had to be destroyed. Photo; RedFM

Drink cans and fast food wrappings were scattered across almost every other room in the house.

"In one corner, there was a big pile of faeces from their cats and dogs."

Almost all the furniture in the house was damaged or wrecked - while the bedding was so soiled it had to be destroyed.

The tenants had even left several of their pets behind when they left.

Elaine, who lives next door to the property, said the alarm was only raised because of her concerns over how rats and mice were getting into her adjoining property.

"We had caught over a dozen what we thought were mice in our house," she said.

"We were told by the pest control people that there was no point treating our house unless the house next door was treated because that was where they were coming from."

Elaine said her family were horrified when they were told the captured mice, as they thought, were in fact baby rats.

"My children were refusing to sleep in their bedrooms because they were so upset," she said.

"You could near the scratching throughout the night in the attic and in the blocks by the window sills."

"It was absolutely unbelievable what they found inside the house," she said.

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