A landlord is left with a £15,000 bill when he claims that nightmare tenants completely destroyed his property.
The home in Immingham, near Grimsby, Lynx, was abandoned with broken doors, furniture that had been burned or sold illegally and a trailer filled with garbage including dirty nappies.
Outside, the property had become infested with rats.
The landlord, who wanted to remain anonymous, rented the house in April last year and said he had been to hell with the tenants and had to pay legal costs to evict them.
Tenants with arrears of rent were given six months notice to leave in September 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the evictions.
Thereafter, when summoned in August, he failed to appear in the court.
The tenants eventually left sometime around the August bank holiday weekend, but did not hand over the keys.
The eviction was finally completed last week, leaving the landlord to sort out the mess.
He told me Grimsby Telegraph: “Most of the kitchen doors are missing, integrated appliances no longer work. The back door handle is missing, it doesn’t even have a lock anymore.
“The toilet is leaking, and instead of telling me, the tenant put bathroom towels around it, which has made things worse because the laminate flooring is completely destroyed. There is nothing like that in the property that has not been touched.
“The property was fully furnished when I rented it out to a tenant and now there is hardly anything left inside.”
Outside was also abandoned in a state with a trailer the homeowner kept in a backyard filled with dirty nappies, uncooked food, empty beer cans and discarded toys.
Neighbors have complained of a rat problem.
He said the property was left in an “absolutely disgusting” condition.
The landlord said he felt frustrated with the legal process, which he said favored the tenants more than the landlord.
He said the whole experience was emotional and stressful and an absolute “nightmare”, adding that he would now have to pay for the damages.
After having “walked through hell”, the landlord now said he was weighing his options on whether to rent the property.
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