Horror Story - The Tenants from Hell!

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A landlord lets in a 'hippie' type family as he is anxious to have tenants in his empty property and the family say that they are desperate for accommodation. He is not entirely happy about them but feels that letting them in will be better than leaving the property empty.

Once in, they proceed to redecorate the property, painting the walls black and all the radiators dark mauve. Numerous complaints are received from neighbours about their behaviour and loud music at night. There are several incidents when the Police are called out and it is suspected that they are taking drugs.

They pay one month's rent in advance but fail to pay any further rent, and the landlord has to issue proceedings for possession to evict them. This  takes four months by which time the rent arrears have risen to several thousand pounds.

The night before the bailiff is due to come to evict them, they have a party, during the course of which several windows are broken, and other damage is done to the property. It is left in a filthy state with rubbish in all the rooms. Much of the furniture has been either broken or stolen.

The landlord is left with a property which needs several thousand pounds work (including re-decoration throughout and replacement of almost all the furniture) to make it fit for re-letting, a bill from his solicitors for the eviction proceedings, and no chance of recovery from the tenants who have disappeared without trace.

Moral

Be very, very careful who you rent to. Once in, it is not so easy to get them out.

The full horror story only happens rarely - but this does not mean it cannot happen to you!

 

 

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