Tenants from hell pictures – £500 competition gimmick!

Tenants from hell pictures – £500 competition gimmick!

9:15 AM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago 22

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Yes we know it is a marketing gimmick and you will be giving your name and email address to Hillarys, who sell not completely unrelated curtains and blinds, but they are running a competition to upload your worst tenants from hell pictures showing the mess left behind.

“We’re asking landlords to submit photos of their properties at the end of tenancy – the dirtier the better! The worst photos will win £500.”

A spokesperson for www.Hillarys.co.uk, said: “We’ve all probably seen and heard horror stories about this kind of thing, but it’ll be interesting to see what the reality looks like.

“Cleaning up at the end of a tenancy can be an unpleasant job for landlords, so this competition is just a bit of fun especially for one lucky winner who gets to take home a £500 prize for their troubles.”

Landlords are not allowed under the rules to send a picture where a face can be identified.

Warning link now redirected back to Hillarys Home page

To see entries so far and upload your images if you wish: Click Here


Dylan Morris

10:24 AM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

“so this competition is just a bit of fun”. I guess it must be me and my lack of humour, but I can’t see anything funny in this.

Chris Naylor

10:49 AM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

I feel that we need to be cautious, as this could be turned about and used as an example of what "rental properties in the private sector look like"

Interested Landlord

11:24 AM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

Isn't this a bad as landlord shaming. Mostly my tenants have been lovely people, have looked after my properties and been reasonable and sensible. I don't like the stories making out landlords to be scum....and I don't like to stereotype tenants either.

Monty Bodkin

12:10 PM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

I reckon Mick Roberts would be onto a winner here if he enters, if only for his brilliant attitude;


Annie Landlord

12:43 PM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

What utter tripe

Luke P

13:08 PM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 21/11/2018 - 12:10
Mick's got no chance. Grimsby's finest will guarantee my win.

LordOf TheManor

13:36 PM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

We'll be adding to it but do you need to see the pictures to believe what our now ex-tenant has done?

Tenant took their revenge on a S21 eviction. They were actually in rent arrears and growing cannabis in the workshop at the bottom of the garden .... but hey, the solicitor advised to go the no-fault route so we did. Wish we hadn't.

It took 7 months to get the tenant out - even with impeccable paperwork. Bristol County Court gave them 28 days to vacate. We were denied transfer up to the High Court Bailiffs so we had to wait another 5 weeks for the Court Bailiff who attended last Wednesday 14 November. The tenant was re-housed by South Gloucestershire Council on 6 October, so their housing benefit form tells us.

They were given 'extra time' for being in 'difficult circumstances' - said the Judge (circumstances which were all entirely self-made, actually). What this false situation did was give them a whole lot of time to maliciously damage the place, rather than just collect their stuff and go. So this is what they had time to do:

The large American fridge-freezer is on its side outside the back door, ditto the washing machine - taken apart. The tumble dryer's been stolen and the integrated dishwasher remains in situ with all the working parts broken. Tenant's corner sofa plus another sofa, is in the garden too alongside a random cooker, plus another fridge and another freezer.

We can't shift any of the stuff until our vandalised American fridge-freezer is moved - it looks like we'll have to pay a removal company to get it to the kerb for Council collection at further cost to us.

Throughout the house the tenant has used industrial double-sided glass filament tape on the walls, floors, uPVC doors and uPVC frames. Anyone know what can take this off without causing further damage? The floor coverings have been ruined by Halfords black Velcro industrial tape ... this can't be removed without pulling the threads out of the carpets in two of the three bedrooms.

The laminate floor in the lounge-diner's been used as a washing and drying area for a family's wet suit gear. Unsurprisingly, the flooring is not good for purpose any more.

There's the usual mess and filth plus further damage that is well beyond wear and tear. Sadly you all know what that looks like.

We're now submitting a malicious damage claim - wondering whether it will include our consequential losses (not holding our breath) while absolutely sure in the knowledge that South Gloucestershire Council will be offering this tenant who has played the system a new permanent home - without any questions asked, of course, of the tenancy at ours.


Thomas Whitfield

16:58 PM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

maybe we could put a before and after picture!

Mick Roberts

18:58 PM, 21st November 2018, About 4 years ago

Ha ha, there is worse than some of mine then? Wow, must be bad.

Luke P

0:35 AM, 22nd November 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by LordOf TheManor at 21/11/2018 - 13:36
Why were you refused permission to Transfer Up?

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