Children living in filth, dead rats and tenants of hell in horror houses


These heartbreaking images paint a vivid picture of the filth and misery some people live in.

Words like “vile” and “disgusting” do little justice to these images – they include floors covered in leftover takeaways and mouse droppings, baths used as dumps, and mountains of rotten trash piled up. to the size.

They have come to light in a variety of ways, such as when the police were called in about an unrelated matter, when a house was put up for sale, or when owners were finally granted access to a rented property.

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Some of the stories involving compulsive hoarding can be heart-wrenching – such as the Liverpool retiree who explained that she was carrying on a family tradition through hoarding, which had spiraled out of control after her husband’s death.

Here are some of the cases that came to the public’s attention in 2021.

Six children lived surrounded by dog ​​grime, mouse droppings and used diapers

Six girls lived in conditions comparable to those in a Victorian slum.

ECHO revealed the filth the children were forced to survive in – surrounded by dog ​​filth, mouse poop and used diapers.



A bathroom sink full of trash inside a house in Wirral where six children lived in the dirt

Liverpool Crown Court heard in September, police were called over an argument between the couple and entered the property earlier that year.

Attorney Trevor Parry-Jones said: “What they faced could only be described as a scene of ineffable misery, more reminiscent of the Victorian slum era than the 21st century.”

Mr Parry-Jones said trash was “strewn” throughout the house, the bunk beds and children’s rooms were “disgusting” and “dog droppings were plentiful” on both floors.

He said: “The bathroom was unusable, the toilet dirty, having not been cleaned for some time, and there was a rodent infestation.”



A kitchen full of rubbish inside a house in Wirral where six children have been neglected
A kitchen full of rubbish inside a house in Wirral where six children have been neglected

Officers called for help, evacuated the children, and asked another patrol to bring in food, clean clothes and new diapers.

Both parents, who could not be named due to reporting restrictions put in place to protect the identities of innocent children, were arrested and questioned.

Wirral’s mother and father, who both admitted cruelty to children, then walked out of court after Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said their imprisonment would have a detrimental impact on two children over the age of 16 now back in the mother’s custody, and the other victims cannot be returned to them “for very long, if ever”.

The judge said: “I have no doubt that you each love your children. There is no evidence of willful cruelty or inflicting harm. It was nothing more or less than chronic and very serious neglect. . “

He gave them each two years in prison, suspended for 18 months, with 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

The judge also asked for answers on the well-being of the children and the measures taken to protect them – after its emergence, social services were first made aware of the problems at the Wirral house 10 years ago.

Children played inches from dead rats in black mold hell house

A family of seven struggles to exist in an ‘uninhabitable’ Victorian terrace in Bedford Road, Walton.

Rashid Yousef, 54, and his wife Ashweq turned to ECHO in desperation after living in shocking conditions for five years.

The couple, whose children are between four and 18, said they were “exhausted” by their plight. This included their children playing in frigid, sparsely furnished rooms covered in black mold with dead rats rotting inside the walls.



Rashid Yousef in the kitchen of his house in Bedford Road, Walton, infested with rats, moisture and mold
Rashid Yousef in the kitchen of his house in Bedford Road, Walton, infested with rats, moisture and mold

The family suffered from respiratory problems, including asthma, which doctors said were linked to dampness and mold, while conditions also prevented Rashid from recovering after a serious work accident that left him left in constant pain and barely able to walk.

The house was not rented by an unscrupulous private owner, but was the responsibility of Torus – one of the largest social housing providers in the Northwest.

Following an ECHO intervention, Torus agreed that the property “falls below expected standards” and said it would carry out major renovations.

Feces and mountains of rotten rubbish in every room left by the “tenant of hell”

One owner was horrified to discover his property was piled up with mountains of rubbish and rotten excrement.

Danny Hernon was disturbed when his 18-year-old tenant seemed reluctant to return the keys to his terraced house despite moving more than a month ago.

Danny found trash piled up in every room on the property in Oldham, Greater Manchester, including trash bags, junk food and rotten food.

There was so much trash inside the house that Danny said he had to dig to get back to the back door.



Some of the stomach churning scenes inside the property after it was freed by a tenant from Hell
Some of the stomach churning scenes inside the property after it was freed by a tenant from Hell

Shocking photos and video footage show mountains of rotten garbage piled up waist-deep in some areas, while mounds of used toilet paper and what appears to be droppings cover the bathroom floor.

Danny said the former tenant had suggested his £ 500 deposit could cover the ‘carnage’, which blackened surfaces, floors and lower walls with mold and dirt – but the cleanup was estimated at 30 times more.



What appears to be human waste was left on the bathroom floor
What appears to be human waste was left on the bathroom floor

The woman “tenant from hell” had rented the house for 18 years with the help of Universal Credit and often kept her partner and son as well.

Danny and his business partner now face the estimated cost of £ 15,000 to clean up all the trash and replace the soiled interior of the house.

But the two owners reported their former tenant to the police and city council in hopes of making her pay for at least part of the damage.

Hoarder retiree found sleeping rat baby in bed

A Liverpool hoarder has revealed she found a baby rat sleeping in her bed as she fell asleep one evening.

Retiree Joyce appeared on Channel 5’s Hoarder Homes show and explained that her mother has been a hoarder and has followed the family tradition.

Speaking about her rat problem, Joyce said: “Once when I was going to bed I looked at my pillow and thought what the hell is it, I just went like that and it was a baby rat sleeping on the pillow, I couldn’t sleep in bed, I had to sleep in the chair.

“You can hear rustle, rustle, rustle and it really touches me.”



Joyce's Treasure on Hoarder Homes
Joyce’s Treasure on Hoarder Homes

When her husband Norman passed away 20 years ago, her hoarding spiraled out of control, preventing her from moving around her house.

Speaking of her hopes before the treasure is cleaned up, Joyce said: “This is a complete mess, it has to be sorted out, I want to start over, I hope I never do it again.”

Professional cleaner Joe Kidd was shocked by what he and the team found in Joyce’s house.

Joe said: “It’s not sure, there is too much stuff here, it’s not the biggest job I’ve ever done, but it’s one of the dirtiest because of the rats. . “

The ceilings were crumbling from the piles of junk

The ceilings of a two bedroom house began to crumble from the piles of garbage piled up in every room.

The Glamis Road house in Tuebrook was said to have been “uninhabitable” due to the amount of garbage which had caused the planks to collapse in some places.



The two bedroom house on Glamis Road in Tuebrook before its transformation
The two bedroom house on Glamis Road in Tuebrook before its transformation

Property developer Kieran Malone, 31, from Aigburth, who bought the house at auction for £ 38,500 and spent three months renovating it with a team of workers, said: “We have five dumpsters full of trash – we had a dumpster for every room there was that alot.

“Part of the ground had collapsed, so I had to put new planks. It was unliveable.

“We didn’t know the floor had collapsed, there were so many things in some rooms. Even the bathroom was full of clothes and stuff.”

After the £ 15,000 refurbishment the house has been transformed into a totally different and habitable property.


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