A Grimsby landlord has been left with more than £15,000 of damage caused by an evicted nightmare tenant.

The house has broken doors, appliances which no longer work and the furniture has either been burned or sold illegally on Facebook.

Outside, has become rat infested. A trailer has become a mountain of dirty nappies, food waste, beer cans and broken toys.

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The landlord, who asked to remain anonymous, rented out the Immingham property in April last year and says he has been through hell dealing with the nightmare tenant.

On top of the £15,000 damage, he has paid legal fees to get the tenant evicted.

Proceedings first started in September 2020 when the tenant was given six months notice to leave, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the eviction.

The tenant, who was in rent arrears, then failed to appear in court in August when summoned.

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The waste has attracted rats which have swarmed the property and the surrounding area

They eventually vacated sometime around the August Bank Holiday weekend without surrendering the keys.

The eviction was only completed last week, leaving the landlord with incomprehensible damage to his home and wellbeing.

He said: “Most of the kitchen doors are missing, the integrated appliances don’t seem to work anymore. The back door handle is missing, there isn’t even a lock in it now.

“The toilet is leaking, and instead of telling me, the tenant placed bathroom towels around it which has made things a lot worse because the laminate flooring is completely destroyed. There’s nothing in the property which hasn’t been untouched.

“The property was fully furnished when I rented it out to the tenant and now there’s hardly anything left inside.

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“You wouldn’t believe what it looked like before and what it looks like now. All my items were either sold on Facebook or burnt outside in a fire.

“To be honest, it got to a stage where I wasn’t as concerned about the items, I just wanted the tenant out of the house.”

There’s even been problems with the outside of the property as well.

He adds: “The back garden is a complete mess because there was a heck of a lot of waste which attracted rats. I have a trailer in the garden which I formerly kept my personal possessions in. But as you can see from the photos, it’s just been filled with every possible waste you can think of such as dirty nappies, food waste, beer cans, toys and more.

“The surrounding neighbourhood has complained about a rat problem.

“The tenant just left waste everywhere. I’ve been told they didn’t put the bins out throughout their stay which is pretty evident with all the mess. It’s absolutely disgusting.



Some of the landlord’s furnishings which were burned by the tenant

“Everything I worked so hard for to put into that home is now gone or completely ruined.”

He said it’s been an emotional and stressful process and felt let down by the legal process which he says is sided more on the tenants than the landlord.

The whole experience has left him wondering whether he can trust to rent a property out again.

He said: “It’s been a nightmare. I condemn what the tenants have left me with.

“I’ve received abuse and all sorts which really hits you hard.

“Ultimately, I wouldn’t wish this to happen to my worst enemy. Either way, I’m going to have to pay for the damages whether I rented or sold the property again.

“Renting isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

It has been a gruelling experience for the landlord.

They remarked: “Everything I worked so hard for to put into that home is now gone or completely ruined. It’s quite emotional and stressful – I’m very angry – but I have no real indication why the tenant would do such a thing apart from me asking them to pay the rent – which they never did.

“The biggest annoyance is that the government are on the side of the tenant, rather than the landlords. I’ve been through hell and I’ve felt it’s been out of my control because of the legal process.”

Now the landlord is left pondering their options as they weigh the financial and emotional implications of the whole experience.

He states: “It’s been a nightmare. I condemn what the tenants have left me with. I’ve received abuse and all sorts which really hits you hard. Ultimately, I wouldn’t wish this to happen to my worst enemy. Either way, I’m going to have to pay for the damages whether I rented or sold the property again. Renting isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

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