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Hoarders, Roommates, and Lesbian Lovers?

Hoarders, Roommates, and Lesbian Lovers?


An elderly woman suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder who moved into and trashed the apartment of a woman suffering from dementia told the landlord the two were lovers when he tried to have her evicted.

Dolores Miller (left) was finally evicted from the apartment earlier this year after a nearly seven-year legal battle. She first moved in with then 77-year-old Joan Walsh (right) in 2004.

Shortly after moving in, tenants began to complain of a smell coming from Walsh's apartment -- it was so bad, according to reports, tenants thought she had died and her body was decomposing.

So the building's landlord, Jimmy Silver, took action and found the apartment was filled with junk -- rotten food and bags of soiled cat litter were found tossed throughout the apartment.

In 2005, Silver got the courts to intervene, and psychiatrists determined that Walsh was suffering from dementia and Miller was mentally ill. Later that year, Walsh had a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. In an effort to keep the apartment, Miller told the landlord she was a lesbian and that the two were lovers.

She got a lawyer, and together, they convinced Walsh to sign an affidavit registering her and Miller as domestic partners. The paperwork was never filed, but Miller took it further when she enlisted the help of lawyers at the Gay Men's Health Crisis to argue that she was entitled to the apartment as Walsh's domestic partner.

The battle would go on for another four years until earlier this year, when a judge ordered that Miller be evicted. He gave her five months to move -- when she finally did, it was to a shelter.

Watch the Fox New York report here.

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