ALMO kicks out tenant for keeping pig
An arm’s-length management organisation has kicked out one of its tenants after he was found to have kept a pig in his home.
Derby Homes kicked out the animal lover last week after officers found the pig shut up inside the house along with a dog.
The ALMO had previously found a Shetland pony in the rear garden of the house after the alarm had been raised by a concerned neighbour.
In January, Derby County Court ruled that the tenant must allow access to his self-styled Animal Farm but he refused to co-operate with either Derby Homes or an environmental health officer.
The pair of four-legged friends were discovered inside the house during the eviction but were removed by the tenant when he returned to the house. Their current whereabouts are unknown.
Maria Murphy, director of housing and customer services at Derby Homes, said that there was ‘clear evidence’ that the tenant was a hoarder.
‘The ground floor of the property was in an appalling condition with faeces everywhere,’ she added. ‘Derby Homes are now faced with the situation of repairing this home to bring it back to a suitable standard for a family to be re-housed into.’
Derby Homes has estimated the cost of bringing the house back into use at £10-15,000. It hopes to recover the cost of repairs from the tenant, who will not be eligible for housing with the ALMO in the future.