Neighbours of Toa Payoh hoarder complain that his junk reeks

Neighbours of Toa Payoh hoarder complain that his junk reeks
Hoarder unit at Toa Payoh.

When she bought her Toa Payoh three-room flat, which is near a bus stop, hawker centre and park, she thought she had found her dream home.

Now, she regrets moving in because her neighbour is a hoarder.

The woman, who wanted to be known as Mrs Chen, 50, told The New Paper: "If I knew I would be living next to a hoarder, I wouldn't have moved here."

Mrs Chen, who moved to Block 59, Toa Payoh Lorong 5 in 2013, is an immediate neighbour of the hoarder, whom she described as "fierce".

"We're all afraid of him as he shouts at us when we try to talk to him about his hoarding.

"I even offered to help him clean up but he refused."

Another neighbour, who wanted to be known only as Miss Tan, told TNP: "When you try to look into his home, he gives you a hostile stare."

Miss Tan recently e-mailed TNP after reading about action taken against other hoarders.

She has been living since 1968 in her Toa Payoh home, which is opposite the hoarder's block, and has seen him accumulating things for about 10 years.

Alone

When TNP visited his first-storey flat on Monday evening, the hoarder, who declined to be named, did not let the team into his flat.

Speaking to TNP at the door, the hoarder, 71, who spoke in Mandarin, said he lives alone and is unemployed.

"I can't work any more so I just go around picking up things to sell. If I find something usable, I bring it home so that I don't have to spend any money."

Piles of plastic bags stacked on top of one another were spotted in the living room.

"I sleep in the living room because there's no more space in the bedroom," the hoarder said.

"Of course, it's uncomfortable living like this, but what can I do? I'm poor."

Outside the flat, the corridor was cluttered with bottles, chairs and plastic bags with flies circling around them, while trolleys and metal frames lay behind the flat's back door.

The windows were also covered with styrofoam boards to prevent people from looking in.

When asked about the clutter along the corridor, the hoarder got defensive and said: "If people can put bikes outside their home, why can't I put my stuff here?"

The clutter used to be so bad that Mrs Chen once took matters into her own hands.

"I secretly threw his stuff away but when he found out, he threw away my clothes hangers," she claimed.

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