A Perth council is being urged to deal with a hoarding house that has caused neighbourhood tension for decades.
The house is located in the riverside suburb of Mount Pleasant in Perth’s south.
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Years of accumulated possessions including boxes, newspapers, electrical equipment and thousands of plastic bottles are stacked inside and under the house.
Until recently, a brother and sister had lived at the property for 20 years.
Their growing collection of rubbish meant clashes with neighbours and authorities had become increasingly frequent — but it was proving inconvenient for them too.
Several years ago the pair moved from the house into a four-wheel-drive when the house became uninhabitable.
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They then bought a caravan but when space was exhausted they moved into a Holden Commodore.
Authorities recently took the now elderly siblings into care.
The Public Trustee is looking to protect their future, but the Melville Residents Action Group insists something should have been done sooner.
The City of Melville said it is in advanced stages of its investigations and response to environmental health compliance concerns at the property.
The council sent in gardeners to smash down the weeds on Tuesday but neighbours fear that once the real cleanup starts it will unleash a wave of rats.
The City of Melville is under pressure to deal with a hoarding house. Credit: 7NEWSThe owners have moved on but they’ve left a big cleanup behind.
People with a hoarding disorder suffer “distress” when discarding things, regardless of their value, leading to an accumulation of possessions and rubbish.
Hoarders may collect anything but clothing, ornaments, kitchenware, car parts, old bills, newspapers and magazines are common.
“Hoarding is a serious and under-recognised mental illness that affects around 2.6 per cent of the population,” Rachel Green, chief executive of mental health organisation Sane, said.
“We do know that it’s more likely to occur in people older than 60 years although it can first emerge (in people in their) 20s and 30s and increase in severity with age.”