Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SQUALID AND FILTHY HOMES FOR RENT ; after Requesting Your Pictures and Stories of Manchester's Worst Rented Homes Ahead of Council Crackdown . after Requesting Your Pictures and Stories of Manchester's Worst Rented Homes Ahead of Council Crackdown .We've Been Inundated with a Catalogue of Stomach- Churning Tales and Images of Dirty Living Conditions

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SQUALID AND FILTHY HOMES FOR RENT ; after Requesting Your Pictures and Stories of Manchester's Worst Rented Homes Ahead of Council Crackdown . after Requesting Your Pictures and Stories of Manchester's Worst Rented Homes Ahead of Council Crackdown .We've Been Inundated with a Catalogue of Stomach- Churning Tales and Images of Dirty Living Conditions

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WELCOME to the houses of horror - the real story of Manchester's worst rented homes.

The M.E.N. last month reported how town hall chiefs are planning a crackdown on slum landlords as the city's private rental market continues to boom.

So we asked for your experiences - and were inundated. From mushrooms sprouting in communal hallways, to mice, fires, mould and sewage, angry tenants got in touch in their droves.

One pressure group has now warned of a 'ticking timebomb' for families living in damp conditions infested with pests, warning all political parties need to do far more to stand up for renters.

And a group of renters in Longsight are now so fed up they are holding an exhibition next month exposing the very worst conditions.

One of the most stomach-churning stories sent to us came from a former tenant of the Junction Works building on Ducie Street, which has since been taken over by new management.

Software developer Pete Birkinshaw, 42, submitted pictures of huge mushrooms growing in the hallway outside his flat. "The electrics were dodgy - the lights would burn out every few weeks, and the management company would give a different excuse each time I complained," he said.

"The electricity meters were numbered incorrectly, so some of the residents were paying each other's bills. After my shirts started shrinking we discovered that the hot and cold water pipes on the washing machine were swapped.

"The flat next door had a leak in the bathroom that went unfixed for over a year, causing a damp problem in our flat and mushrooms to suddenly pop up every so often in the corridor.

"By the time we realised the water was under the floor of our flat our furniture had mildewed underneath. Just before we left, neighbours mentioned that the previous tenants had been flooded with sewage, so I hate to think what was actually under the flooring. …

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