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Disabled hoarder facing eviction over her clutter
6:10am Thursday 28th November 2013 in News
A DISABLED hoarder is being kicked out of her home in the run up to Christmas for having too much clutter.
Vivienne Davis, 64, is expecting bailiffs to descend on her one-bedroom flat in West Road, Westcliff, tomorrow, after failing to convince her landlord to give her more time to move most of her possessions.
She has so much stuff, she hasn’t been able to get into her bedroom in five years, instead sleeping upright in a chair in the lounge.
Ms Davis, who lives on benefits, has goods crammed into the lounge, kitchen and toilet, with more piled up in the communal hallway.
She said: “I think it is liveable, and would like to just stay, but the landlord says it is a fire risk, so it has to go.
“I can clear as I go, but need more time because my health is so poor.
How can they throw me out with nowhere else before Christmas, when it is freezing?”
She is pinning her hopes on an eleventh-hour county court application to postpone her eviction until the end of January, but fears the worst after failing to heed previous warnings from landlord Kingsfield Investment.
Ms Davis has previously been turfed out of two other properties for having too much stuff. She has to use a nebuliser to help her breathing, after undergoing surgery for throat cancer 12 years ago.
She hopes the court will accept her disability makes it hard to move much of her property into a garage which has been rented by a friend.
The artist and percussionist accepts her landlord has given her several chances to clean up.
She told the court that since last September, both her sister and a friend, who usually helps her, have both been diagnosed with cancer.
She also suffered a head injury in March and her son, a self-harmer, stabbed himself in the stomach, his father died and her 91-year-old mother was in hospital after breaking her hip.
Ms David wrote to the court to say: “I need to arrange delivery and collection of all my lifelong personal possessions.”
Kevin Cruiks, of letting agent Ayers & Cruiks, said it had made many attempts to help Ms Davis.
It had spoken to social services and the Family Mosiac housing association, seeking help for her to get her to clear her possessions.
He added tenants had a duty of care for their homes and jamming up so much of her flat and the communal area created a fire risk.
He said: “We have no wish to evict any tenant, but we have to take action. Despite the efforts of these two bodies and Ms Davis’s friends, she has not cleared any significant volume.
The courts have already deferred the eviction date to give her time to make alternative arrangements, which, to our knowledge, she hasn’t done.”
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