Inside home piled high with rubbish and faeces tenant left in horrific state

Horrified Danny Hernon was told to keep the £500 deposit from his tenant but claims the true cost of the clean up in Oldham, Greater Manchester, is closer to £15,000

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A livid landlord was reduced to digging himself out of the property he owned after his ‘tenant from hell’ left him with piles of rubbish and faeces to wade through.

Danny Hernon says the renter of 18-years left the worst possible parting gift – a £15,000 clean-up bill.

He said he grew suspicious when the woman seemed reluctant to hand back their keys to his three bedroom terraced house, despite moving out more than a month ago.

The horrified 54-year-old was about to discover the reason why after finally entered the home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, last week.

He was met with a stomach-churning stench from the heaps of waste in every room – but the brazen long-term tenant told him her £500 deposit should ‘cover the carnage’.

The ‘tenant from hell’ left the landlord facing a bill of £15,000 to clear the mess


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The Oldham property was left piled high with trash and faeces


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Surfaces, floors and lower walls black were caked in mould and filth – and restoring the home is estimated to be 30 times that.

He contacted the police to report the the incident as criminal damage.

Appalling photos and video footage show mountains of rotting rubbish piled waist-high in some areas, including mounds of used toilet paper and what appears to be faeces covering the bathroom floor.

Every room is piled high with bin bags, junk, rubbish and rotting food, while thick cobwebs hang from the ceiling.

Danny and his business partner now have to front the estimated £15,000 cost to clear all of the rubbish and replace the soiled interior of the home.

But the pair of landlords have reported their former tenant to the police and council in the hope to get her to pay up for at least some of the damages.

Danny said: “She gave her notice to move out but was holding back with the keys, she just kept putting it off even though her tenancy was up.

“Eventually we picked the keys up and that’s what I walked into. I was absolutely horrified.

“It was just absolute carnage in every room. In the video the front room is empty but the skip outside is everything that came out of there.

“When I’m walking through the kitchen you can actually hear things cracking under my feet and that’s all the bottles and plastic rubbish.

“I had to dig to get to the back door, that’s how much stuff was on the floor.

“It was all stuck together – cat litter, dog food, everything – it was horrendous and the smell was unbelievable.

“In the bathroom she’s obviously done what she’s done and left all the stuff outside of the toilet so I’m presuming it’s blocked and doesn’t work.

He says he had struggled to exit the property because the mess was so bad


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The shameless tenant said her £500 deposit should cover the mass clean up


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“I just don’t know how humans can live like that. It must have been going on for years for it to get like that.

“If she’s been living like that up to a month ago there’s clearly something not right but whatever the reason is it still shouldn’t get in that state, it’s just disgusting.”

The female ‘tenant from hell’ had rented the home for 18 years with the aid of Universal Credit and is believed to have often had her partner and son stay over as well.

Danny and his business partner were in the process of selling the property and say they had agreed a price before discovering the vile state it was left in when the tenant moved out.

They have now had to put the sale on hold and fork out a whopping £15,000 to clear the trash and replace the soiled flooring, bathroom, kitchen and internal doors.

Danny said: “We’re selling some houses at the moment and we had agreed a price on this one but obviously I’ve had to hold them back now – there was no way I was going to sell it in that state.

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“The toilet’s got to be thrown, the bath’s got to be thrown, the kitchen’s got to be ripped out, it’s just horrendous.

“It’s going to cost us about £15,000 to get right. It’s got to come out of the business – you don’t get that in rent pay so if everyone did that I wouldn’t have a business.

“She said whatever it costs to do up, keep my bond and use that but the bond was only £500 and it’s going to cost me £1,400 just in skips.

“Whatever it costs we will be taking her to court for. I know she hasn’t got a lot of money but it needs pointing out that you can’t leave landlords in this situation.”

The landlord and a friend have so far spent five gruelling days shovelling the piles of rubbish out of the house and have filled five skips.

Owner Danny Hernon was left with no alternative but to call the police


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They hope to have cleared the filthy property before Christmas to refurbish and sell it in the new year.

Danny also aims to see his former tenant held accountable and pay up for the damage to his property through the courts, to hopefully avoid another landlord going through the same ordeal.

Danny said: “The majority of my tenants are very good tenants that have been with me for years. This really is a one off.

“What winds me up is it’s always geared against the landlord as if all landlords are bad and we’re not – I’ve been doing this 20 odd years and I’ve never had one complaint from any of my tenants.

“You just can’t let someone walk away from houses like this with no repercussions. I don’t want her to leave the next landlord in this situation as well, it’s not fair.”

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the incident was reported on December 15 and is being investigated.

A spokesperson for Oldham Council said: “It’s important that landlords carry out checks on their tenants prior to letting a property and that they carry out regular checks to ensure tenants are complying with their tenancy agreement and that the house is in a good state of repair.”

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