A Pile Of Old Rubbish!!
This is one reason why you should never buy a house at auction without looking it over first. It sounds like an episode for the TV program hoarders.
Mehmet Koch has paid £450k for a desirable pile...of rubbish
A BUY-TO-LET landlord who paid £450,000 for a house without checking inside got a shock when he opened the front door.
The town house in Finsbury Park, north London, was piled five feet deep in tons of stinking rubbish.
The junk had been hoarded by a reclusive couple in their 70s who had lived there since the 1960s.
Mehmet Koch, 33, who bought the four-storey house at auction with his brother Abbas, said: “I thought I was having a nightmare. I have never seen anything like this before. My brother and I were so shocked.
“We had come to see the property from the outside but the couple would not let us in so we never saw inside.” Mr Koch, of Finsbury Park, added: “We’re very worried we’re not going to make a profit now because it needs so much work.”
Compulsive hoarding is a pattern of behavior that is characterised by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members. When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space so as to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also be dangerous if it puts the individual or others at risk from fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns.
“OH dear a lesson to be learned about buying a house at auction” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.