Now his kids can finally play freely in the corridor.
And Mr Alauddin Rahman is happy about the clear space along the common corridor at his two-room Jalan Bukit Ho Swee rental flat.
The 42-year-old property officer has been living next door to a rag-and-bone lady known as Madam Lily since he moved there eight years ago and was getting frustrated by the woman's hoarding habits.
Over the years, she has been accumulated junk that was packed haphazardly onto trolleys and damaged shelves in the corridor.
After numerous complaints to the authorities did not stop Madam Lily from cluttering the corridor, Mr Alauddin called The New Paper hotline last week, hoping that a report could help resolve the problem.
The father of four children aged two to 10 was worried that her junk could be a potential fire hazard which may block the corridor.
A day after the report was published last Wednesday, the Tanjong Pagar Town Council went to Madam Lily's unit to clear the junk at the corridor.
Mr Alauddin was clearly pleased.
Beaming, he said: "It feels like I'm living in a different place."
His wife and children are also happy about not being greeted by the sight of rubbish when they leave the house, said Mr Alauddin.