Tenants from hell pictures – £500 competition gimmick!

by Property118.com News Team

9:15 AM, 21st November 2018
About 2 years ago

Tenants from hell pictures – £500 competition gimmick!

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Tenants from hell pictures – £500 competition gimmick!

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

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LordOf TheManor

17:29 PM, 22nd November 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 22/11/2018 - 00:35
Hi Luke
It was a Section 21 repossession, commonly known as the 'no fault' eviction route. This was the solicitors' advised path to guaranteed eviction as it cannot be challenged. This was despite multiple breaches of the tenancy agreement and two months arrears. It was a Section 21 in name only!

Consequently when we got in front of the Judge, he believed he had a tenant in front of him 100% innocent of any wrong-doing who was being turned out of his home through 'no fault of his own'. A wolf in sheep's clothing if ever there was one!

However, that was what the case was filed under so when we asked for permission to transfer it up to the High Court, the Judge was having none of it. No, there is no reason for that - his very words!! He couldn't have been more wrong and we knew we were done for. The tenant had already said he would make us wait and he did. The Order for Possession even included the wording 'Refusal to transfer up to the High Court'.

There was nothing we could do about it - and that's the trouble with S21. It didn't represent the reality of our situation and it being used as the no-fault route confers on the tenant a label of 'innocent victim'.

If going to Court on a similar S21 case to ours, our advice would be NOT to ask for the case to be transferred up. Then it won't get written into the Order - and if the tenant doesn't go on or by the date specified, you'll be at liberty to transfer up as you please.



20:03 PM, 22nd November 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by LordOf TheManor at 22/11/2018 - 17:29I successfully evicted a tenant on a Section 8 (after she ignored a Section 21) although it took 6 months. I was also refused permission by the Country Court Judge to transfer my case up to the High Court even though the tenant never presented herself at any hearing, including the final hearing, never presented evidence for her spurious defenses, made solely to deliberately delay her eviction, and was almost GBP17 000 in rental arrears.
The judge's reason for refusal was that landlords always requested this transfer and it was "taking work away from the Country Court Bailiffs".
I also had to fight the judge for a further two months after the eviction to have a CCJ registered against the tenant, even though an eviction date had been set by the Judge and his Bailiffs had attended to enforce same.
The money is still outstanding, the tenant was housed by the local Council even though it was her second eviction for non payment of rental and, she was a proven long term benefits cheat.


16:03 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 2 years ago

Every landlord that as had a trashed property should post their photos . We could use it as a reference


16:09 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 2 years ago

I cant get the link to work?

Neil Patterson

16:19 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by MoodyMolls at 23/11/2018 - 16:09

They have redirected the link back to their Home Page.

Neil Patterson

16:21 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 2 years ago

I have put a warning up, but they may fix it so I will give them a chance.

LordOf TheManor

16:34 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 2 years ago

Would be nice if someone could come up with a scratch and sniff facility for the photos to best simulate the trash-finding landlord 'experience'. Our trashed place stinks worse than the cat house in the zoo! Wipe your feet on the way out. It's one of those.

Old Mrs Landlord

17:35 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by LordOf TheManor at 23/11/2018 - 16:34
Only gardeners with experience of the smell of blighted potatoes can have any idea of what an evicted tenant left for us. A black, slimy mess with a turn-your-stomach pong which pervaded the whole house was left in a kitchen cupboard whose door had been taken off its hinges. The cupboard under the sink had been stuffed full of supermarket carrier bags which had been chewed by mice into tiny fragments from which they had built nests to raise their young. I drew back the curtains from the patio doors to discover half-eaten McDonald's meals growing whiskers, and something unidentifiable which was very gooey and sticky attached to the hem of the curtains. There was clear evidence that the place had been used for a Halloween party after the tenants had moved out (without letting us know) and candles left to burn out on the laminate floor. Large packages had been delivered to the address, unwrapped there and the polystyrene, cardboard and plastic film left all over the floor. Discarded personal belongings filled every room, including the loft, garden and garden shed and the carpets held cat fleas eggs.

Annie Landlord

20:54 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 2 years ago

Hillarys has seen the error of its ways and closed the 'competition'

LordOf TheManor

21:39 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 2 years ago

Hope it wasn't something we said... Scary is the thought that people might be getting the message!

The pics were never a good idea ..... wonder if Gordon's could be tempted to sponsor a 'Pity Party' for us instead?!

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