A PENSIONER whose house was branded “the worst hoarding” case ever seen by firefighters is set to be evicted from her home.
Susan Ralphs, from the Welsh mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, says she has nowhere else to go when she’s evicted on Monday by Adra housing association.
A judge ruled that Ms Ralphs, 70, should be evicted from her property and that she could not appeal against the decision.
The former beauty therapist, originally from Wrexham, said: “They are evicting me just when I started to get my health back and I was going to sort the house out.
“I was given eight weeks to do so by Adra, and I was going to do it, but sadly my health failed.
“When they evict me on Monday, I will have nowhere else to go, and all I want is to sit in my beloved home with my cats and see the sun and stars from my garden.
“I am a bit of a hoarder, and the fire brigade officers who have been here say it’s the worst hoarding they have ever seen and that it’s a fire risk.
I am a bit of a hoarder, and the fire brigade officers who have been here say it’s the worst hoarding they have ever seen and that it’s a fire risk.
“Mostly it’s because I moved here from a place that had five bedrooms, so I have lots of bags of clothes, bedding and curtains, but I am very hygienic.”
Ms Ralphs said she has lived at the property for four years and claimed her hoarding problem started as she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had a “tough upbringing”.
She said: “I have no idea what is going to happen to my lovely possessions after Monday.
“I’m worried they are going to end up in a skip.
“I just wish someone could help me not get evicted, as I’m a good and kind person who has gone out of my way to help others. This is all so traumatic for me.”
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A spokesperson for Adra said: “Our priority is always to support and sustain tenancies and we work with partner agencies to try and prevent homelessness.
“We only take legal action as a last resort.
“In this case, the court decided that the granting of possession was reasonable and proportionate.”
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