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The Liverpool Echo have shown the flip side of the landlord story with a shocking tail of wilful destruction by a tenant from hell.
Click here to see the full article and terrible photos.
The Landlord is Steve Parry, a 55 year old surveyor, who bought two rental properties to supplement his pension and retirement planning. However, the plan went ‘Bad’ for his property in Wavertree Liverpool.
Steve said he had “not made a bean” after the nightmare last tenant who cost £1,500 in court fees to evict leaving more than £2,000 in unpaid rent and at least £6,000 in damages.
The Photos in the Echo show a ceiling that collapsed after a (assumed deliberate) flood in the bathroom, piles of rubbish including bags of dog mess, trashed kitchen and smashed doors.
Steve served notice on the tenant in 2015 as she fell behind with rent and had a large frightening dog that was prohibited under the tenancy agreement.
Steve, in his Echo article, reported: “The house was wrecked, it’s shocking. She had failed to sort the rent out despite numerous promises, so I gave her two months’ notice to quit.
“I was then forced to serve two notice on her, which cost £200 each and she ignored. I had to get an order for possession in court, which I only got in the November. She was supposed to vacate by the 13th December, but despite everything I let her remain on agreement she would leave after the New Year.
“But she refused to move, saying she was looking for a new house. I had no choice but to pay for court bailiffs. She was finally removed this April.”
It was then that Steve found the trail of destruction wrought on his house.
Steve said that although he knew it was unfair to tar all benefits tenants with the same brush, he also could not take the risk again, and knew many landlords were now choosing not to rent to tenants in receipt of benefits especially with Universal Credit reforms forcing tenants to manage their own benefit payments.
He went on to say “people assume you’re loaded as a landlord, but I haven’t made a bean I’ve had that many problems. All I’m hoping is the house value will be more than I bought them for.”
Steve’s final plea to the government was to continue to crack down on bad landlords, but to also redress the balance protecting good landlords from bad tenants.
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