The owner was devastated after an apartment was found left in an unbearable condition with mounds of excrement and mountains of tea bags.


A landlord has ruined the condition of his property after renters have left for 50 years – and the pictures are disgusting. Among the rubbish were bags on top of bags of cans and bottles, old clothes, mountains of rotten food and cat litter in the bathtub. In fact, our photographer said it was the “worst place” he’s lived in during his 20-year career.

Lee claims the tenant told him they could keep the apartment deposit to cover the mess, but the landlord was shocked to see the apartment space. He says he is disappointed with the letting agents who ran the property, and claims they shouldn’t have allowed the apartment to become as bad as it is, reports say Wales Online.

Now, Lee, 56, faces the daunting task of making property in him Swansea livable, which will include a new bathroom, new kitchen and new carpeting, not to mention getting rid of what he says is three to four tons of leftover trash.

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He told me that every time he set foot in the house in Waunarlwydd, it left him feeling filthy. He said, “Every room is a country. I can’t even go in without wanting to take a shower right afterwards.”

The toilet is surrounded by rubbish


“When I first went to the property, I took the dog with me. I opened the door and was shocked by the smell. I took one look at the mess in the stairs and shut the door and put the dog back in the car, because there was no way to let the dog in.

“I have no idea where the person is sleeping. A neighbor said they saw the tenant take a mattress from the house and assumed it had been moved to the edge. After seeing the condition of the property, I’m not sure about that.”

Every room on the property is filled to the brim with some sort of clutter. The kitchen has jars and crates of moldy food, a litter tray piled with feces, and empty milk cartons. In one other room, the floor is not visible, covered with trash bags, takeaway containers, Amazon boxes and clothes.

One of the worst rooms in the house is the bathroom, where the bathtub is covered in old cat excrement. The toilet seat is about to hang on the bowl, while the toilet is filthy surrounded by old plastic bags, used tissues and empty food bags.

The task of returning property to its original condition is overwhelming

When the tenant handed over the keys, Lee claimed he was told he could keep the £400 in order to “take care of the mess”. But Lee thinks the cost of making the place livable again will be much higher. He said, “It would easily cost me a few thousand, I would need to replace all the carpets, the kitchen, the bathroom. I was told there was at least three to four tons of rubbish to clean up. I’m at the breaking point with it.”

Since Lee had no prior rental experience, he decided to commission the property to be managed by letting agents, John Francis. He tells me he is disappointed by the company, and claims they shouldn’t have let the apartment get as bad as it was.

“I understand that people may struggle with their mental health, and continuing to clean can be difficult for them, and I really feel for them, but John Francis has let her get into that state.”

Lee continued, “I feel really upset and angry that I have allowed them to run my property for the past five years and this is the state I have been brought back in. They were supposed to screen the tenants and be the main point of contact for any problems. The apartment was supposed to be no pets allowed. But there was clearly a cat on the property. They took 12% plus VAT for five years and now they’ve left me in limbo.”

A John Francis spokesperson said: “John Francis Lettings takes any customer complaint very seriously. We have received a formal complaint from the owner and are currently investigating it. We will contact the owner directly to resolve these issues.”

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