Thursday, September 11, 2008
DIRTIEST FLAT EVER?
British landlord Chris Dowling could be the unfortunate owner of the worlds dirtiest flat.When he visited an apartment recently vacated by a tenant, the entire living area of the flat was crammed full of discarded polystyrene burger cartons worth £5,000. When he did manage to clear a path through the rubbish, he was in for a further shock. In the bathroom a large pile of cigarette stubs appeared to be carefully stacked on the side of the sink. Stunned by the state of his £100,000 studio flat, Mr Dowling called in professional cleaners and decorators to sort it out. They shifted the burger carton mountain and takeaway detritus into a large van, packing it to the rafters, before visiting a nearby tip for disposal. The tenant had accumulated the mess during over about two years. There were more than 1,000 takeaway cartons and containers in the 15ft by 11ft living area of the flat. Mr Dowling, who runs 46 homes, said: "The tenant had been smoking without opening windows and there were nicotine stains dripping from the walls. It smelt like a giant ashtray. "There were McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken containers everywhere. I couldn't get through to get to the kitchen and they were stacked all around the bed. You couldn't see any part of the floor in the living area. "In all my 15 years of running properties I have never come across anything like this before and we see all sorts." Mr Dowling said he had rented the flat in Slough, Berks, to the single man in December 2005 through an agent. Satisfactory credit checks were completed and the £450-a-month rent was always paid on time by standing order.