We’re all used to hearing stories about rogue landlords, but a recent article in the Liverpool Echo reveals how much damage tenants can cause to a landlord’s property and lettings business.
Landlord Steve Parry, 55, who is also a surveyor, has released shocking images of his rental property in Wavertree, Liverpool, showing a trail of destruction left by a “tenant from hell”.
Parry has been left with a £6,000 clean-up bill after his tenants, who had refused to leave the property for months on end, despite not paying their rent, trashed their rental home.
Parry described the situation as a “living nightmare”, having lost out on more than £2,000 in unpaid rent and £1,500 in court fees.
Despite a tenancy agreement that didn’t allow pets, Parry said that his tenants had a large dog that had reportedly scratched several floors and “petrified” him when he went round.
Describing the appalling state of the property, Parry said: “The house was wrecked – it’s shocking.”
The landlord decided to evict the tenant and their children after claiming that she had fallen behind on rent and he wanted to renovate the property.
He explained: “She had failed to sort the rent out, despite numerous promises, so I gave her two months’ notice to quit. I was then forced to serve two notices on her, which cost £200 each, and she ignored. I had to get an order for possession in court, which I only got in the November.
“She was supposed to vacate by December 13th, but, despite everything, I let her remain on agreement she would leave after the New Year. But she refused to move, saying she was looking for a new house. I had no choice but to pay for court bailiffs. She was finally removed this April.”
Parry noted that politicians have rightly started cracking down on rogue landlords, but called for more action to protect good landlords from problem tenants.
“People assume you’re loaded as a landlord, but I haven’t made a bean I’ve had that many problems,” he added. “All I’m hoping is the house value will be more than I bought them for.”
We remind all landlords of the importance of conducting thorough referencing checks on prospective tenants, before letting a property to them.
Tenant referencing provides all of the background information on possible tenants, helping landlords and letting agents make an educated choice about whom they let properties to and, importantly, their ability to pay rent on time.
However, while these measures can minimise the chances of letting a property to bad tenants, there are no guarantees that they won’t turn out to be the tenants from hell. This is why it’s also important to regularly carry out periodic inspections. Read our guide to find out more: https://www.justlandlords.co.uk/news/landlords-guide-periodic-inspections/
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