TROUBLESOME tenants have left a giant mess in their wake.

Residents at Row Street, Crosland Moor, have complained about a rat-infested mound of rubbish in a nearby yard.

It is thought a family was evicted from their house after damage was caused to the property.

Since then an unknown landlord has stripped the house leaving a pile of discarded furniture, mattresses and clothes in the back yard.

Now neighbours say the rubbish has been there for five weeks despite pleas to the landlord and the council to remove it.

And rats have been seen scurrying through the tip, residents say.

While homeowners are responsible for disposing of rubbish, a council can obtain a court order demanding they clear up the mess.

A landlord can be fined if they fail to comply with the order.

A council may also clear the mess and bill the landlord for the work.

Sandra North, who lives next door, said: “I open my back door and it’s a right eyesore. I’m trying to sell my house and I’ve a viewing today.

“The council have said they’ll write to the landlord. It’s just not good enough.

“It’s a nice street and the rented houses have just ruined it.

“Landlords don’t care as long as they’re getting the rent and they are running this area down.

Mrs North, 56, added: “You can’t sit in my garden because it’s like a rubbish tip.”

Hector Beaton, 59, who lives next door added: “It’s such as mess you have to see it to believe it. It needs shifting immediately.

“It looks like a landfill site and it’s a health hazard. I’ve seen a couple of rats.”

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “This has been referred to the enforcement team who will be contacting the property owner.”