A new row has erupted in Belfast's Holyland over rubbish being dumped in alleyways by students.
Residents have reported seeing students dumping suites of furniture, fridges and cookers into the communal alleyways as they move in and out of the area.
Mark Scott, who lives on Carmel Street, is now taking action in a bid to stop the problem from getting any worse.
"I was there last week cleaning the alleyway just to keep away the vermin and rats," he said.
He is now confronting those dumping rubbish, asking them to dispose of their waste properly.
"On Saturday, I was out seven times to people saying to take your rubbish to the skip and that you can't leave it in your alleyway," he said.
"Everyone just comes out and decides they will come to the Holylands to dump off their rubbish."
Residents have said this has been a long-standing problem in the area - and they are becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of action.
"It's certainly got a lot worse in the last few months," Mark said.
He, and many other residents, think Belfast City Council should be doing more to stop the fly-tipping.
"In these last couple of weeks, they've only done one bin collection a week which isn't acceptable at all."
He is also calling on the council to put up gates on the alleyways to stop those not living in the area from using the spaces as a dumping ground.
Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw says the problem is now out of control.
She says both her and her south Belfast constituency staff receive daily complaints.
"It would appear that landlords have just been clearing out their HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupation) in preparation for the new academic term.
"I have also heard that former tenants have also been engaged in the dumping as they have been threatened by landlords that they will not have their deposit returned unless their rooms are cleared out."
Ms Bradshaw is calling for more action to be taken against rogue landlords and has written to the chief executive of Belfast City Council calling on people to have their landlord licences revoked.
Ms Bradshaw is especially concerned about the issue after a fire in an alleyway near her constituency office, off Canterbury Street.
"It was only because a resident called into my office to get us to telephone the Fire & Rescue Service, that it received prompt attention.
"The setting on fire of dumped rubbish is an escalating feature in the area and is incredibly worrying," the Alliance MLA added.
"The residents should not have to tolerate this dumping.
"The landlords are making plenty of money from these tenancies and so I feel that the burden of cost for removing the waste should be borne by them and not the rates-payers of Belfast," said Ms Bradshaw.
In response, a spokesman for Belfast City Council said: "We are aware of this issue and our cleansing teams are in the area each day removing rubbish from alleyways.
"We continue to engage with other statutory and community partners to look at long-term solutions to this problem."
However, Mark, like many other residents, is concerned the situation will only get worse as students return to the university quarters in the coming weeks.
"It's going to be absolutely bonkers - something must be done," he added.
The Belfast Telegraph revealed earlier this week that taxpayers footed a bill of almost £200,000 to clean-up illegal waste sites across Northern Ireland in the past year.
New figures from the Environment Agency (NIEA) shows that the cost associated with fly-tipping removal for the year 2019/20 was £186,660.