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Former X Factor judge ordered to pay more than £70k for ‘trashed’ rented flat

Pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been ordered to pay £70,000 in compensation to her former landlord after she trashed a rented flat in north London. 

The former X Factor judge was sued by her former landlord Andrew Charalambous after she left the Enfield property in what London County Court heard was an “appalling” state.

The landlord said that the three-bedroom flat was in “pristine” and “in tip-top condition” when Contostavlos moved into the property in 2014. 

But the singer is accused of having left the flat, which she was renting at £3,466 a month, in an “appalling unlettable condition” when she moved out in 2016.

The court heard that the damage included the fridge door being ripped off, cigarette burns on the bath, stains and burns on the carpets, while the sink in the bathroom had been smashed. 

The landlord’s barrister, Max ​Thorowgood, claimed that Contostavlos “had a lot of parties” at the property, and that may have contributed to the damage caused in the flat.

The N-Dubz singer’s lawyer denied any damage was caused by her “or that any damage is over and above normal wear and tear”. 

But Judge David Saunders ruled against Contostavlos and ordered her to pay her former landlord £70,832 in compensation, plus interest and the costs of the legal battle. 

In a statement after the ruling, Contostavlos said her legal team would appeal.

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    She denied causing the damage, well who did cause the damage then ?

    Paul Barrett

    But of course it is TOTALLY IRRELEVANT whether she caused the damage or NOT.
    She was the tenant and therefore responsible for everything that occurs in the property.
    If criminal activity had occurred then she who admitted those persons to get rental property should have reported the matters to the Police.
    Though of course she is still liable even for possibly criminal actions of any guests.

     
  • jeremy clarke

    Good, this needs to happen more often. Perhaps Shelter will consider funding landlord's legal bills to sue the bad tenants that they seem to think do not exist??

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    Good result. Excellent work from this landlord.

  • John Cart

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    Well done Andrew Charalambous ;-)

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