Landlords and letting agents are facing rising numbers of ‘tenants from hell’, according to Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC).
With the backdrop of a continuing difficult economic climate, there is a plague of bad tenants who are causing unprecedented problems. The recent publicised case of a couple, five children and fourteen mastiffs left a once-loved family home in Gosberton Risegate, Lincs a stinking wreck.
The tenants, together with their kids and dogs turned a four-bedroom house into a filthy rubbish heap – reeking of dog faeces, urine and rotting food. Hundreds of flies were swarming in the kitchen, with torn rubbish bags and clothes strewn all over the house.
Two of the four bedrooms had been turned into kennels and dog mess was embedded in the walls and floor. The family were evicted after accruing £7,000 in unpaid rent.
Pat Barber, Chair of the AIIC comments: “We are seeing a rise in the number of bad tenants and have been shocked by the damage and neglect we have found in properties and their grounds.
“Time and time again we see damage to carpets, furnishings, skirtings, door frames; front and rear gardens full of rubbish; old white goods, car parts, rusty bikes, scooters, pushchair and hoovers strewn across the front of the property; tenants that sublet without authorisation; several pets in the property without permission; and nuisance tenants who hold rowdy late night parties and have a stream of shady and noisy visitors, day and night.”
“We had a recent case of a middle aged woman who lived in a 2 bedroomed cottage-style property for several years. The landlord was happy collecting the rent and never heard a word from her.”
On Check Out day the place was completely trashed. A couple of doors were literally pulled off their hinges, badly cracked and splintered. Large areas of wall paper had been torn away and there were several holes and burns in carpets.
A mattress was left in the garden soaking wet from a recent rainfall and the place was generally filthy. The landlord was shocked – she had given notice to the tenant as she wanted to sell the property. But the disgruntled tenant obviously wanted to make things as difficult for the landlord as she could.
“Our advice to landlords and agents is firstly make thorough and detailed checks before taking on a new tenant. Secondly, make visits to the property every three months, so that you can check its condition.
If you fail to do this, you could be hit with severe and costly damage and find it uninhabitable for any new tenants, causing a void period while you repair and refurbish the property.”
The AIIC is committed to excellence and professionalism in the property inventory process and works hard to ensure that all landlords, tenants and letting agents understand the importance and benefits of professionally completed property inventories.
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