From the outside it looks like any other regular, three-bedroom, semi-detached home .
But inside the house in Harrow, north west London, things are far from what they seem.
The property is featured in Channel 5 documentary, Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords, which takes a look at the dark side of renting.
There have been a raft of complaints about noise, rubbish and the number of people living at the house from neighbours.
So housing enforcement officers are carrying out an after dark inspection to find out what’s really going on – and it horrifies them.
Matresses line the floors of every room, with some even stacked in piles so more people can be crammed in.
One of the tenants insists there only 15 people living in the house – but it soon becomes clear it’s far more.
While the housing officers are searching the property a van arrives carrying even more mattresses.
The inspectors move their search outside and several men are found hiding in the garden, desperate not to be discovered.
More tenants are found cowering in a make-shift marquee, also in the garden.
Housing officer Ozge Albayrak says: “This is an unacceptable way for people to live.”
She immediately contacts the letting agent, who could face a large fine if the situation isn’t rectified immediately.
Three months later, things seem to have returned to normal with just a single family living in the property.
But it isn’t long before the complaints start to flood in again and more people than ever seem to be living in the home.
Ozge visits for a second time and is shoved out of the property by one of the men living there.
She says: “That could have turned really bad but the managing agent will get what they deserve – they will be prosecuted and they will be punished for this.”
Meanwhile in west Norwood, south east London, businesswoman Pauline Ivaldi is at risk of losing everything she has because of squatters.
She had been using a former fish mongers as the base of her catering business – until the squatters moved in.
Now she has just months until the end of her lease is up and she has to hand it back, vacant, to the landlord.
After trying to negotiate with the squatters, Pauline has no choice but to go to court for a possession order.
It’s granted and solicitor Chris Sharpe, along with enforcement officers from the court, force the squatters to leave.
Pauline says: “I’m not without sympathy. I realise some of them are homeless and need somewhere to live.
“But they are ruining lives and this has really impacted on my mental health.”
After they have gone it becomes clear the devastation they have left behind.
As well as mattresses and some furniture, they have also moved a piano, mountains of rubbish and even installed a power shower into Pauline’s empty business.
She now has just four days to clear everything and hand it back to her landlord or she’ll face a huge fine.
Sadly for Pauline, it’s an impossible task and she hands the property back two weeks late, having already spent thousands fighting to get rid of the squatters in court.
Source: The Mirror