My family lives in a large house that we bought about 15 years ago. We’re not rich, and it was a huge financial risk for us to buy this house. My Dad is very handy so he built a separate apartment in the back with its own entrance.
That’s why we rent out this apartment to make extra income to help pay the mortgage.
We’ve been lucky to always have good tenants until a couple of years ago. That’s when we rented to a woman who seemed normal and clean. Her name was Ms Cindy. She was a nice older woman, maybe about 55 years old, and she was divorced, no kids.
She had a good job at the library, and she paid the deposit and two months rent in advance.
Everything went great. She paid on time, and she was very quiet. She never had any visitors.
But something turned out REALLY wrong. There was a terrible smell coming from her apartment. I mean a REALLY big stink.
It smelled like stale urine. But not just stale urine, it was more like rotten food and poop. If we went into one of the rooms close to her apartment, the smell was so bad that we gagged.
We spoke to her a few times about the smell, like maybe she didn’t take out the garbage, but Isabel insisted there was nothing wrong. Dad wanted to check inside, but she didn’t want him to come in.
My Dad was getting angrier and angrier, but since she paid the rent on time, he decided to back off for the time being.
Then, suddenly, there was a huge problem. One of the neighbours called the cops. The neighbour thought maybe somebody was dead inside the apartment.
The cops banged on the door. No answer. Finally they got my Dad to give them permission to break the lock.
“Oh, my God this is the worst I’ve ever seen!!!” said the cop. They started to gag. One of them put his shirt over his nose, and the other said they were going to have to call Social Services.
It turns out our “nice” tenant Ms Cindy, was a CRAZY CAT LADY! There were filthy, totally full cat boxes all over the apartment. Poop and urine were everywhere, on the walls, on the floor, even inside the oven!