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Rogue tenants left a rental property in a disgraceful state with over 50 bags of rubbish, rotting food and destroyed furniture.
A Grimsby landlord was upset to see the tenants leave the flat in such a destroyed state, while also still owing him £1,700 in rent. He was disgusted to see cupboard doors ripped from their hinges, waste scattered on the floor and thick grime throughout the space. The tenants allegedly ruined the kitchen, which was completely covered with bags of rubbish and waste. Doors throughout the house were also broken, carpets damaged beyond repair and electrical sockets knocked from walls.
The problems were not limited to within the destroyed property – a huge pile of rubbish bags was also found in the garden.
The landlord’s property manager, Anne, said that the situation has completely deterred them from letting to tenants on housing benefit. The landlord has had numerous problems with people on Universal Credit falling into arrears. The poor behavior of the tenants has therefore damaged the reputation of those on benefits, who are already struggling to find rental properties following reform to the housing benefit system.
However, despite the appalling state of the property the landlord was able to completely repair it after Nottingham Council contacted them about a housing a family in need.
Anne said: ‘After we found the house in such an awful condition, we were steadfast against ever renting to people on housing benefits or renting through the local authority. But then Nottingham Council contacted us, explaining that they were in urgent need of some help to house a desperate family. At first we were apprehensive, but the council offered to provide us with three months rent in advance so we could make the necessary repairs. We ended up giving the house a complete make-over, with a new kitchen, carpets, paint, electrics and doors. If this never happened then we would still be struggling to have the house repaired, as the lack of rent and sheer amount of damage would have left us out severely out of pocket.’
The landlord has also suffered other issues with rogue tenants in Grimsby. One tenant was evicted owing thousands in rent while another property was ruined by squatters who made a fire in the kitchen.
Anne continued: ‘Since the introduction of Universal Credit we have had constant problems with tenants falling into rental arrears, the whole system just doesn’t seem fit for purpose. Many times when a tenant goes onto the benefit system, there is no communication with us as landlords, and for the first few months we often get no rent paid. To try and fix this we have sent documents to tenants and the Department of Work and Pensions, providing them with the correct forms so that rent is paid directly to us, but we have just hit brick wall after brick wall while doing this. There are times that I have been hung up on by the DWP just for simply trying to chase up where one of our tenants’ rent is coming from. It is putting landlords off renting to people on benefits altogether, as we cannot afford to go without rents being paid.’