A landlord in New Zealand has found her tenants in her rental property, which included a six year old girl and a nine year old boy living in despicable conditions.

The landlord; Sinead Ogilvie, was shocked to find her rental property in Richmond on New Zealand’s South Island in such a disgusting state.

Sinead Ogilvie called CYF (Child, Youth, Families) concerned about the children’s welfare after seeing the tenants dogs living in their own excrement in the backyard and rubbish piled up outside.

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She only discovered the extent of the family’s situation this week when they moved out of the house owing 10 weeks rent. There were rooms smeared with faeces, urine soaked clothes, dirty nappies crawling with maggots and rancid food in the kitchen. The yard was filled with sewage from a blocked toilet and over a hundred bags of rubbish.

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Helen Aiken, a manager from CYF said the agency took Sinaed’s concerns seriously and were already involved with the family.

I just cannot comprehend children having to live in these implorable conditions, it breaks my heart. I do hope that CYF step in and help these children.

Image credit: Sinead Ogilvie

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  • Oh good Lord. Those poor children. They need to be removed from the parents care and the parents need mental health help.


  • Hoping these poor children are now having a better life.


  • Oh my gosh this makes me feel sick.


  • This is disgusting. I can’t imagine that the children would be healthy having to live in those conditions


  • IF CYF were already involved with the family why didn’t they visit them and the situation would not have happened. You’d need a face mask, safety glasses or full faced helmet to protect your eyes, a few shovels and a huge skip to put it all in. The house fumigated before and after removing the filth. Floor coverings removed……I hope the children are removed from the house immediately, the adults charged with child neglect. Also the animal authorities remove the dogs. They are probably riddled with fleas, diseases etc. They could have made the kids sick too, and the dogs made sick by the people.


  • A terrible thing to have found by the owners of this rental property – hopefully the government department in NZ will be able to help these poor children.


  • Sounds disgusting. Hopefully through Sinead’s concern, the children can get the help they deserve and the parents as well. No matter how poor you are, there is no reason to live in such filth


  • This is heartbreaking indeed ! Hope commu ity dervices step in. Maybe this is not the place to say this but there is such a need for families who’re willing to take kids temporary or permanent up into their families. We should all consider this I think.


  • Eek! The smell would have been awful. Some kids unfortunately never know what it is like to be tucked into bed with clean sheets and a good night hug. Early intervention programs during pregnancy have had some success and would be beneficial for both parents and children.


  • This is disgraceful. Amazing that it went unnoticed for so long. Maybe more rental checks are required.


  • That is not acceptable for any-one to live in those conditions.


  • How do these people get away with this stuff for so long?! Where were the neighbours? The dogs, the rubbish and the sewerage in the backyard would have been enough to complain about. Such a sad situation, the parents need to have the children and the dogs removed from their care. The dogs shouldn’t have ad to live like thal, let alone the children


  • These people should be punished for having made their children live like this, it’s absolutely dreadful, those poor kids


  • I hope the children are rescued from this lifestyle, they deserve better.


  • That’s breaks my heart to hear these poor kids lived in such dreadful conditions! No child should have to suffer those conditions, no matter where they live. Hope these children are being cared for & know that they’re safe, warm and healthy.


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