A tenant left a three-bedroom house in Birmingham “completely destroyed” after piling rubbish in every single room and dumping mattresses in the back garden.
Landlord Michael Walker, 56, was shocked to find extensive damage to his property in Great Barr when he inspected it on Good Friday.
The house was left in an unlivable state, with grease stains covering the walls, plaster chipped off, and bark left on the floor.
Not only had every room had been left vandalised, with half-empty bottles of oil, milk cartons and used tins left out on the counter and floor, but the tenant allegedly dragged the washing machine into another room and the living area had large holes in the flooring as a consequence.
The bedrooms were hidden under piles of rubbish and mould was left growing on the ceiling, leaving the property with a bad smell and covered in flies.
The landlord said: “The tenant hop-scotched overnight and left the property in complete disrepair.
“It has been left unlivable. It's shocking.
“It is an absolute mess at the moment. It looks like he has been doing house clearances and it has all piled up.”
Walker is now seeking the advice of an independent evaluator to assess the extent of damages. He estimates that there are over £7,000 worth of repairs to be done.
To make matters worse, the tenant had not paid any rent for 11 months and was issued with a repossession order which he ignored.
Walker added: “That house wasn't a buy-to-let property, it used to be my family home. I have had the property over 30 years.
“The only reason I rented it out was because I went and stayed with my 87-year-old dad at his house because he was ill.
“It has been destroyed completely - every single room.”