“My late neighbor used to hoard – now his stuff is rotting in the garden but the family ignores me.”

A woman is running out of patience with her neighbor who has moved into her late brother’s property. She threw all his things into the garden, and the flies started swarming

Neighbor’s late items were attracting flies and mold (stock photo)(Getty Images)

It’s always a sensitive topic when a neighbor dies. Despite how close you are to them, you want to appear respectful to their loved ones – but at some point you have to put yourself first. One woman’s patience has been well and truly tested after swarms of flies gathered at her neighbour’s house.

She initially had to act sensitively, as her new neighbor was the sister of the previous owner who had died three months earlier. The anonymous woman explained that he was a hoarder, and that “the contents of his house had been lying around on the front lawn since June.”

The woman explained that they offered to give the new neighbor a moving company number and skip the rent, but nothing was done. Unfortunately, the woman is “not the friendliest person and is almost never home to talk to him. She explains that the garden is “a complete mess and is accumulating flies and mold.”

The situation became so extreme that she phoned Environmental Health twice, but nothing happened, because the neighbor did not open the door for the person who was sent. The woman asked on a Mumsnet parenting forum: “If they can’t get through to her a second time, who can we contact to resolve this issue?”

She added in an update to the post: “I seem insensitive, my brother died about a year ago and they are going to vacate the house soon. Well, one sister died, not the one who moved in. Of course I won’t do that.” Forced her to get rid of these things, this is not what is happening at all, we have been very patient but she is coming in with bad weather and seems to be starting to rot!

Fellow forum users asked the woman to contact the Environmental Health Authority again, as “they have the ability to carry out a clean-up and charge the homeowner a fee for it.” According to the government website, you should first try to solve a problem with a neighbor by talking to them. If the dispute involves a legal nuisance, such as the accumulation of rubbish that could harm health, you can lodge a complaint with your local council.

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