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Inside a horrific hoarder’s house on San Diego’s upscale street, where residents have struggled for a DECADE to clean up their neighbor’s “dangerous” property full of piles of trash, rats and rotting food

Disgusting images show the inside of the home of a hoarder who has plagued an upscale San Diego street for a decade.

Investigators said they were shocked by Lisa Golden’s disgusting home, which was filled with foot-high piles of trash, rotting food and an infestation of rats.

“Words cannot adequately describe the condition of the main restroom,” city Inspector Justin Welker added in court documents related to the ongoing dispute over the dilapidated property.

Golden was in civil court this week as her neighbors seek a court-ordered cleanup of the home, something she said they have been fighting for more than a decade.

Disgusting images show the inside of the home of a hoarder who has plagued an upscale San Diego street for a decade.

Disgusting images show the inside of the home of a hoarder who has plagued an upscale San Diego street for a decade.

Investigators said they were shocked by Lisa Golden's disgusting home, which was filled with foot-high piles of trash, rotting food and an infestation of rats

Investigators said they were shocked by Lisa Golden’s disgusting home, which was filled with foot-high piles of trash, rotting food and an infestation of rats

An investigator who searched the home said

An investigator who searched the home said “words cannot adequately describe the terrible condition in which Golden left her master bathroom.”

Golden was in civil court this week as her neighbors seek a court-ordered cleanup of the home, something she said they have been fighting for more than a decade

Golden was in civil court this week as her neighbors seek a court-ordered cleanup of the home, something she said they have been fighting for more than a decade

When investigators entered the home during the ongoing court case, Welker said they noticed the rancid smell of rotting food and mold.

He said there were signs of rat infestation throughout the house and although the house had electricity, he could not say whether it had running water as the sinks and toilets were blocked by huge piles of rubbish.

In the bathroom, he said that words could not adequately describe the horror scenes.

“It was smeared with brown dirt and the stall floor was full of trash, including about a dozen used toilet paper rolls and a pile of what appeared to be crumpled used toilet paper,” Welker wrote.

“The smell of rotting food and mold could be felt again in the bathroom and master bedroom.”

Neighbors said their overgrown backyard was more than just an eyesore as it encroached on their property and posed a fire hazard.

In his report, Welker noted that there was a fire hazard in the yard because “dead palm fronds were piled and scattered on the sidewalks and the ground and were hanging from tall palm trees that overhung neighboring properties.”

Neighbors say the hamster house's overgrown yard poses a fire hazard to their property

Neighbors say the hamster house’s overgrown yard poses a fire hazard to their property

An investigator said he couldn't determine whether the house had running water because the sinks and toilets were clogged with so much trash

An investigator said he couldn’t determine whether the house had running water because the sinks and toilets were clogged with so much trash

The garbage in the house is piled up to a meter high

The garbage in the house is piled up to a meter high

Officials said the entire house was filled with the stench of rotting food and mold

Officials said the entire house was filled with the stench of rotting food and mold

Officials added that the home was infested with rats

Officials added that the home was infested with rats

“The underground pool was partially filled with green water, presumably algae, which is a potential breeding ground for vectors such as mosquitoes,” he continued.

“Several large, filled plastic bags were lying on a platform or piece of furniture. The sidewalks were covered with lumber, logs, dried vegetation, plastic containers and other random items.

“Before we left, we saw three dead rats on the ground right behind Golden’s house.”

Golden told CBS8 that contractors damaged her home while it was undergoing a state-mandated cleanup in 2021 and has filed numerous lawsuits.

Neighbors also accused Golden of harassing them for years, and some have reportedly taken out restraining orders against her.

Tensions boiled over Footage captured by the point of sale as Golden was seen in an angry argument with a neighbor on the street of her cul-de-sac, where homes routinely sell for over $1 million.

Locals say they have fought for so long to stop the hoarding because Golden continues to delay court cases.

A hearing on Friday was to decide whether to send a court-appointed insolvency administrator to clean up the property. However, Golden requested a continuance, claiming she was unable to contact her attorney.

In response, prosecutors said it was just another delaying tactic CBS8 reported that she often represented herself in other hearings.

Prosecutors added that when they contacted the man Golden said was her attorney, he claimed he did not represent her.

“This case has gone on far too long, the circumstances are far too serious to allow it to continue,” said Assistant District Attorney David Miller.

Neighbors say they have been trying to clean up the dilapidated home for more than a decade

Neighbors say they have been trying to clean up the dilapidated home for more than a decade

There are mountains of clothes in the bedroom at home

There are mountains of clothes in the bedroom at home

Golden claimed at the hearing that she suffered from health and mental health issues.

Eddie Mead, one of Golden’s neighbors who wants to clean up the dilapidated house, said: “The delays and continuation are very disappointing.”

“So she stretches it out, month after month. Usually it’s one calling at a time.”

Golden could not be reached for comment.

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