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Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts, 57, has spilled details about one of the most bizarre properties he has visited from his 18 years fronting the BBC show. The property expert revealed he was baffled when he discovered a rabbit hutch had been fitted into a kitchen.
Martin explained that his first concern about the hutch was the reason why it had been placed in the kitchen, before pondering a reason he “didn’t like to think about”.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the presenter said: “It’s little things in properties.
“I don’t know what was going on here, but we went to one property where there was a fitted kitchen, but fitted into the fitted units was a rabbit hutch.”
Explaining his thought process at the time, Martin added: “Now, either they were just really keen to have it be part of the family and that’s where it lived, or they wanted it close to the pot.”
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The television personality admitted he felt worried the home owners kept their pet in the kitchen in order to cook it.
He divulged: “I just didn’t like to think about that one too much.
“So that was a little bit, ‘What is that? Why is there a rabbit hutch there?’
“You know, dishwasher, microwave, rabbit hutch? So that was kind of odd.”
Martin said he has also witnessed “appalling” conditions in some houses, which makes him feel “sad” when thinking about the people who had to deal with that kind of living environment.
He continued: “Sometimes you go into properties which have only recently been vacated and the conditions are so appalling, you wonder how people could have possibly been living in those conditions and that’s very sad.
“Your heart goes out to people who have been living in those kinds of conditions.
“And occasionally, you do see ones where you think, ‘Gosh, that’s going to take a bit of work to sort that one out!’
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“But we get enthusiastic people with lots of time and energy and they constantly surprise by their abilities to turn even the roughest property into a bit of a diamond.”
Elsewhere, Martin recently revealed he hasn’t yet been told off by BBC bosses after “destroying” some internal elements of properties on Homes Under The Hammer.
During his weekly Q&A on Twitter, the star was asked by a fan: “Do you ever get in trouble for the things you destroy in the houses?
“It cracks us up when you’re like, ‘Ooh a piece of wallpaper hanging off’ then half the wall falls down.”
“I haven’t been in trouble yet, but there’s always a first time,” he admitted in response to the viewer.
“And sometimes more bits fall off than I’m expecting.”
Someone else then noted that there must be times where the presenters walk into a place and are disappointed by what they find.
“You must go in a property and sometimes think… what a let down,” they stated.
“I normally try and find something of interest and often it’s the other way round,” Martin explained.
“Something not that interesting on the outside turns out to be a gem.”
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