DPS reveals most bizarre items left by students!

DPS reveals most bizarre items left by students!

10:05 AM, 16th October 2019, About 3 years ago 2

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Giant glow-in-the-dark swear words, a sex toy and a pet python are among some of the items that students left in their accommodation when they moved out over the summer, according to The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS).

Part of The DPS’ role is processing landlords’ requests for deductions from their tenants’ deposits, and among the claims it received this year was one to cover costs of removing a snake found in a student’s bedroom.

Elsewhere, one landlord found an air rifle in a student’s room, while another found a living room in good condition in the day time — only to discover four-foot high swear words daubed on the walls once night fell.

Another landlord said he had had to let the owner of a sex toy left behind know of its disposal when they phoned and asked for it back, The DPS said.

Matt Trevett, Managing Director at The DPS, said: “Like all tenants, students must take care of the place they live in, avoiding or properly repairing any damage and leaving the property as clean as when they arrived.

“Because students are more likely to share their house with others, there can be confusion over who is responsible for checking the condition of their accommodation and reclaiming the deposit when everyone moves out.

“Keeping to the terms of a tenancy agreement and demonstrating that they’ve left the place in good standing is crucial to students receiving their full deposit back.”


Ian Narbeth

10:46 AM, 16th October 2019, About 3 years ago

We were once left a physiotherapist's couch. Couldn't give it away. Even emailed the university where the students had been but they never replied. We had to take it to the tip.


9:07 AM, 17th October 2019, About 3 years ago

Interesting 'gifts' left behind! lol! We had students but the normal stuff like pizza boxes and socks under the bed etc, though used condoms were frequent too. Our client base in some areas has had a massive shift for various reasons, so now we have the delights of finding abandoned drug dens. 'Gifts' now include needles, and all manner of things like blades, blood stained everything and generally what would be expected. I used to do sign offs/inspections with a clip board and a bin liner. Now it's capped boots, surgical heavy duty gloves, face mask, sharps bin and a litter picker.

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