An elderly man has been rescued from dangerous conditions after he was found living in a squalid, rat-infested house that posed a serious health risk.
Ashfield District Council in Nottinghamshire conducted an emergency inspection after being tipped off about the resident living at the privately owned property in the village of Selston.
The council's environment health team officers discovered the man living among large numbers of rats and without electricity, heating or water, reports Nottinghamshire Live.
The property was also in a serious state of disrepair and structural collapse.
Council officers moved the elderly resident into a local care home because of his ill health.
Councillor John Wilmott, cabinet member for licensing at the council, said: "The owner of the property was vulnerable and living in an awful condition that could have ended his life.
"The amount of filth in the property was unimaginable, it was truly unbelievable that someone could live that way, but thanks to the work of our officers, he never has to live like that again.
"The council is committed to supporting vulnerable residents and utilising all available resources to ensure the empty and dangerous homes are made safe and reoccupied."
The environmental health team helped the owner sell his house at auction and it has now been renovated into a family home.
This comes after people were left stunned by the hoarding habits of one homeowner looking to sell their property.
Images of a four bedroom house in Liverpool caught the eye on online auction sites as books appeared to fill every room from floor to ceiling.
Some rooms looked impossible to cross from one side to the other and even the bathroom was chock-a-block.
The advert specified that the house was to be "sold as seen" and admitted that it was "in need of full refurbishment".
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