By Ben Cost
He turned it into a literal dump.
A tenant in the UK proved to be every landlord’s worst nightmare after leaving his apartment a revolting hoarder’s hellhole inundated with thousands of cans, rotting food — and a person-size mound of excrement.
“As soon as I walked through the door there were beer cans everywhere and the smell was terrible,” Freddie Gillium-Webb, 29, told Kennedy News of the landfill-evoking flat. The Hampshire native was the unfortunate soul tasked with cleaning up the puke-inducing property when the rude renter left after a year of not paying any rent.
Accompanying photos show the mess the neglectful tenant left during that time, which included a K2-esque pile of aluminum cans that obscured the floor and sofa from view.
“I think I removed about 8,000 in total,” Gillium-Webb told the outlet of the mass grave of empties, which had been left for so long that spiders had hauled several to their webs.
Things weren’t much prettier in the kitchen, where the trash man was forced to wade through a sea of refuse reminiscent of the garbage compactor scene from “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.” In fact, Gillium-Webb suspects that the neglectful occupant “didn’t use the bin at all” as the “kitchen was full of food waste, and in the living room, there were half-eaten kebabs and moldy loaves of bread all over the floor.”
The toilet, meanwhile, had never been flushed. Instead, the tenant had carefully adorned it with a 4-foot pile of “toilet paper and feces” like a “leaning tower of poo-sa,” Gillium-Webb described. He suspects that the manure Matterhorn may have been due to a faulty flusher, which has since been fixed.
Despite boasting a strong stomach from working in wastewater management, the overwhelmed garbage disposal worker reportedly threw up three times during the cleanup, the Daily Mail reported.
“It had to have been like that for a while because it was really bad,” lamented the beleaguered cleanup crusader. “He was just living in it and topping up the mess.”
Gillium-Webb added, “The tenant might have had depression, and he probably had a drinking problem based on the amount of cans — you need help sometimes, but you can’t live like that, there’s no excuse for it to get that bad.”
The mountain of refuse was so immense that Gillium-Webb reportedly went through 100 trash bags and 10 bottles of bleach over the course of the “never ending” job.
“After the first day it didn’t even look like I’d made a difference,” he said, adding that the landlord was forced to load the rubbish into a garbage truck he kept at a building site. They then used a digger to compact the trash into the vehicle.
Naturally, some might wonder how a landlord ever let one of his properties get to this point in the first place. However, the owner claims he tried to inspect the flat on numerous occasions over months of unpaid rent, only to have the renter talk his way out of it each time.
Salvation finally came after the fed-up landlord opted to try to evict the freeloader, whereupon the hoarder left of his own accord, thereby relinquishing the property to the owner. After leaving, the consummate slob sent them a text message that read, “I might have left a bit of a mess.”
Gillium-Webb, for one, thinks lax renter laws are to blame for the trashy incident.
“You’d think renting through an estate agent would be fail safe because they have guarantors, so I can’t see how it’s been allowed to happen,” he said. “It just shouldn’t be able to happen, and tenants like that should be blacklisted from renting again, because otherwise, it could just happen again and again to more landlords.”