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Nightmare tenants exposed

In what is a welcome change to the landlord bashing articles often featured in the media, the Liverpool Echo has published a story showing the flip side of the coin.

An angry landlord has released shocking images of his rental property in Wavertree, Liverpool, showing a trail of destruction left by a ‘tenant from hell’.

Steve Parry, 55, a surveyor, has been left with a £6,000 clean-up bill after tenants, which had refused to leave for months on end, despite not paying their rent, trashed his rental property.


Perry, who described the situation with his now former tenants as a ‘living nightmare’, also ended up losing more than £2,000 in unpaid rent and £1,500 in court fees.

Despite a tenancy agreement which didn’t allow pets, he also said they had a large dog which had reportedly scratched several floors and “petrified” him when he went round.

Describing the appalling state of the property, Perry said: “The house was wrecked - it’s shocking.”

Perry decided to evict the tenant and their children after claiming she had fallen behind on rent, and he wanted to do up the property.

He continued: “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 December 13, 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.”

Perry said politicians had rightly started cracking down on bad landlords, but called for more action to protect good landlords from problem tenants.

“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,” he added.


Background checks

This unfortunate tenancy highlights why it is so important that landlords properly vet prospective tenants by carrying out background checks on the people they let homes to by referencing tenants, as this is when many potential problems can be identified and ultimately avoided.

Tenant referencing provides all the background information on prospective tenants, helping landlords and agents make an educated choice about who they let properties to and importantly their ability to pay the rent on time each month.

But while measures such as credit checks and tenant referencing can minimise the chances of letting a property to bad tenants, there are no guarantees that what may appear to be a perfect occupant turns out to be a tenant from hell, and that is why the importance of landlord’s insurance should also not be underestimated.

Landlords’ insurance

Insurers offer a wide range of different property-related policies and so it is certainly not a case of one size fits all. But the only way landlords can properly protect themselves and their investment property against bad tenants is to take out appropriate landlords’ insurance that differs from standard home insurance.

Landlords’ insurance is a policy that covers a property owner from financial losses connected with rental properties. The policy generally covers the building, with the option of insuring any contents that belong to the landlord that are inside.

The policy will normally cover standard perils such as fire, lightning, explosion, earthquake, storm, floods, escape of water and oil, subsidence, theft and sometimes malicious damage by the tenant. Additional coverage might include accidental damage, terrorism, alternative accommodation costs, contents insurance, public, or landlord's liability cover, offering legal protection if tenants are injured, and crucially, rent guarantee and legal protection insurance.

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  • G romit

    There needs to be a register of rogue tenants, just as there is proposed to be a register of rogue Landlords.


    Been asking for one of these for years.

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    I Agree! I'm just renovating house where longer term LHA tenant decided to grow weed in both upstairs bedrooms, over a year to get him out, costs are huge, he told council to stop paying me rent, council told him to stay put.
    Damage is massive, new ceilings due to water damage, every bit of copper had to be replaced as constant water damage had corroded joints, place filthy, dog, cats etc
    He called in housing standards to blame me so he could get new home!
    Guess who supported him in court - CAB who advised him to sue me! Judge was brilliant in the end but it took almost year of several court visits to get him to move out the day before the bailiffs were due to visit.
    I'm just surprised Shelter weren't involved too! Shame they couldn't offer him a house, maybe if they were on the receiving end of this nonsense they would take a different view
    I'm exhausted from effort it takes, I'm tired of having everyone think landlords are the problem - when we are the answer !!!!


    I won't rent my houses (after a £50k renovation) to families, single people.. I'm creating a hotel as I can use the police if they smash it up, won't leave.. otherwise nobody is interested.. Has a Tenant that spent £2500 tax payers money on luxuries.. Police, Council not interested.. If I was to take a £1 tin of soup out of Tesco's without paying I would be arrested and charged.. Renting to the public is a joke!!!!



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    Why isn't Landlord Today setting one up? Nobody has the balls to set one up.. scared of retribution

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    A lot of tenants think that landlords are rich and that their rent pays for everything, giving them the right to do what they like. Apparently it's okay to trash someone's livelihood and their hard work.

    I had £1500 worth of damage caused by my last tenants - it all added up, a bit of mould left to grow to a point that the plaster had to be hacked off the wall and replastered and redecorated, a few cupboard doors coming off at the hinges, chipped paint caused from resting a bike on the wall broken light fittings, busted water damaged chest of drawers. I managed to get £1200 from them without a dispute, which I was told by the letting agent was a good result. I had to pay the £300 because as a landlord I am made of money if you believe what the press say.

    I am concerned about what is going to happen when the bond is limited to 4 weeks' rent in another anti-landlord government policy change on fees. It doesn't take much effort for a tenant to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage. My letting agent told me - always in deposit disputes they side with the tenant - even if they caused all the damage. So with even less deposit to go at and opportunity for redress I can definitely see why some people who can may decide to leave their properties empty.

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    4 weeks worth of rent is far too small. This needs some drastic publicity to make our Gov't realise this is now going to reduce the PRS and increase pressure on Council's.

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