A house in Cork has had to be gutted after the landlord discovered piles of rubbish, including animal droppings, full refuse sacks and ruined mattresses in every room.
Pest control had to be called to fumigate the ‘house of horrors’, which has now been vacated by the tenant, and will cost thousands of euro to repair.
The kitchen was full of refuse bags piled to the ceiling; there were discarded tins and bags of dog and cat food, dirty dishes, saucepans, discarded food, pizza boxes, empty cans and bottles throughout the house.
There was also broken furniture, ruined mattresses and a dog cage with every room in the house destroyed.
In some corners there was faeces from the pets, a number of which were left behind in the house.
Landlord Christine and neighbour Elaine spoke of their horror on RedFM after the conditions in the house were revealed.
Elaine said the tenants next door had lived there for around six years and her family had rarely seen them.
She said the family began to hear scratching noises in the ceiling and walls and became concerned about mice and rats.
After catching several rats in traps, Elaine contacted pest control who said the issue must be coming from her neighbours.
“My sons wouldn’t sleep in their rooms. My 11-year-old had had enough; he said it was disgusting.
She contacted the landlord to the property next door who said she would ask her tenants to check it out.
Christine, the landlord to the property, explained on air how she tried to access the property on a number of occasions but the tenant was avoiding her.
She said when pest control eventually got in last week and sent her photographs, the scene was horrific.
“My husband was down three years ago to look inside and everything was fine.
“So it could be around two years waste built up,” added Christine.
“I never in my wildest dreams thought the inside would be like that.” She explained that many of the fixtures, including sinks, toilets and parts of walls had to be removed.
“It’s a shell of a house now and will have to be almost entirely redone.”
The house has been cleared, fumigated and will cost thousands to restore.