A building superintendent in Manhattan has captured the disgusting condition and massive cleanup of a hoarder's cockroach-filled apartment on video.
Super Martin Fernandez, who shot the video posted on Wednesday in New York's Lower East Side, said it was the most filthy apartment he'd ever dealt with by far.
"Whatever you've seen, you've never seen nothing like this," Fernandez says in the video.
"When I first started doing work, we gave him a new stove and he was a very clean guy," he recalls about the tenant.
But the man "gave up on life for over a year and he went from being clean to what will make you gag. He became a hoarder," says Fernandez.
Super Martin Fernandez said it was the most filthy apartment he'd ever seen. He and his clean-up crew donned Tyvek suits and breathing masks before unsealing the apartment. Photo / Martin Fernandez
After a year of eviction proceedings, and endless complaints from neighbours about a smell like a rotting corpse coming from the apartment, the tenant was finally evicted, the
Daily Mail reported.
"Courts in New York City are not in your favour and they allowed him to stay for over a year living in those conditions. Of course the system will always find an excuse," says Fernandez.
Lifting up the mattress, the workers find a sick surprise. 'Oh my god, that's where his cat went. That's nasty!' exclaims Fernandez. Photo / Martin Fernandez
The stoic super sealed up the door to the apartment with plastic sheeting until he could call in his clean-up crew.
The video shows the men donning Tyvek protective suits, breathing masks and gloves before unzipping the protective seal.
The apartment is filled with rotting garbage, empty bottles, and assorted junk.
Cockroaches swarm across the walls, floor and furniture.
"The refrigerator caught on fire," Fernandez notes as he peers into the scorched interior of the appliance.
Workers find oddities among the assorted junk, including a children's wooden piano.
Hanging neatly next to the shower is, of all things, a sharp white tuxedo.
"Last two years, this happened. He was sleeping on all that and he thought nothing was wrong. And he wouldn't give us access," Fernandez says.
Cockroaches swarm across the the walls, floor and furniture. 'The refrigerator caught on fire,' Fernandez notes as he peers into the scorched interior of the appliance. Photo / Martin Fernandez
Lifting up the mattress, the workers find a sick surprise.
"Oh my god, that's where his cat went. That's nasty!" exclaims Fernandez.
The dead cat swarms with insects and appears to be in the early stages of decomposition.
'I've never seen a hoarder live in a condition like this like where the mattress is rotted and the guy can sleep there comfortably,' says Fernandez.