A PENSIONER had to sleep in a deckchair in the hallway of a bungalow for almost 30 years because she was trapped by 12 tonnes of rubbish.
The woman lived at the property in Maidstone, Kent, with an elderly relative who was a hoarder and filled their home with three decades worth of junk.
It took a week to clear three decades of clutter and rubbish[/caption]
After the homeowner died, removals experts from Klutter King heard about the pensioner’s plight – and cleared the deluged home for free.
They spent about a week shifting enormous mounds of rubbish and clutter from the run-down property to the local tip.
Kevin Porter, owner of Kultter King, said: “The poor tenant began lodging with the relative in the early 1990s.
“We found piles of clothes, shoes, books, umbrellas and rotting food tins all over the house when we arrived.
“The food cans had been there for so long the contents had vanished and the tins were crumbling.”
The home owner died in 2017, by which time the pensioner was far too frail to shift the waste herself and ended up spending her days and nights in a deckchair by the front door.
Mr Porter added: “I’ve cleared a lot of houses since forming the company. In most cases it’s when someone has died or moved into a care home.
The run-down bungalow in Kent contained 12 tonnes of rubbish[/caption]
The lounge after it was cleared and cleaned by experts[/caption]
“But this one got me emotionally because of how this person had been made to live.”
It took six men seven days to clear decades of junk, which involved dozens of trips to the tip.
After the mess had been shifted, the team mopped the floors and cleaned the walls which had been blocked for years.
Builders then repaired the neglected bungalow and cleared the black mould which had spread everywhere.
Mr Porter donated tables, chairs and a bed to the pensioner who was then able to enjoy their first night’s sleep in decades.
He added: “When we first contacted the pensioner she was too embarrassed at the state of the house to speak to us.”
However, she was so grateful she broke down in tears when she saw the transformation.
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The owner set up Klutter King to make a living but has now seen the massive difference it can make to people’s lives.
He added: “We did this job at cost. We didn’t make a profit. It was all about giving this person a few years of decent living. I have been in a similar situation to many of the people I help.
“My job has now become about giving back as a way of saying thank you to all those who helped me when I needed it.”