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Disgusting nightmare “tenants from hell” left a trail of devastation; excrement on the walls and floors, cupboards piled high with rubbish and they used the bath as a toilet, leaving it to full of excrement.

The County Durham landlord was shaken rigid when he saw the horrific conditions when he waked into his property after a mother with her two children moved out.

He was so stunned by the conditions the young children had been living in, he immediately contacted social services, says a Daily Mail report.

Landlord Neil Carpenter faced a disgusting site to have to deal with and a £2,000 a repair bill after the two-bedroom terrace, with bags of rubbish piled a metre high outside, rubbish strewn about indoors and a toilet that had become unusable after being blocked with a child’s toy.

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The 33-year-old landlord told the Daily Mail:

“The smell was just horrendous. The fridge had been moved to block the door in between the kitchen and the bathroom and when you moved that and went into the bathroom you realised that was where the stench was coming from.

“The carpets were unrecognisable. It smelled like death. That’s the only way I can describe it.

“The neighbours had complained previously about the rubbish piled up in the back and I had personally got rid of that for her.

“I visited the house about twelve months after she moved in to complete standard electricity and gas checks.

“The house wasn’t clean – it needed to be hoovered, dusted and cleaned but it was in nowhere near the state that I found it in after they left.’

The tenants had lived in the property for 18 months and Mr Carpenter said he had always received the rent on time because it had been paid through the council. “I had no real problems with the tenant so I was taken by surprise to find the state the house was in.”

Commenting, LandlordZONE® editor, Tom Entwistle, said,

“This story highlights the importance of thorough background checks and regular inspections. Low income tenants such as these more often than not require the added security of a guarantor to cover the landlord for extra losses like this.”

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