A private landlord in the Staffordshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants trashed her property and turned it into a drugs den.
Jean Fox had to spend £20,000 on repairs and cleaning the property after it took five months to get the nightmare tenant evicted.
The tenant, who had stopped paying rent for several months, left the property in a filthy state with rubbish and belongings in every room, graffiti on the walls, holes in doors and mouldy walls.
Fox, who lived in the property in Bentilee with her late husband Clive before deciding to rent it out in 2014, said: “It was a beautiful house and I was watching it being destroyed.
“The disrespect was disgusting, it was a cesspit. Every door and every wall was bashed. Everywhere was filthy and it stank. There was damp and mildew and graffiti on the walls.
“The front door was held together by bits of wood because it had been broken by police doing raids. There were cannabis pots and a tent, bongs and other drugs paraphernalia left.
“The electricity meter was tampered with, the kitchen and the bathroom were wrecked. It made me physically sick.
“I had to completely redo the whole house.”
Several neighbours complained about the tenant because he often played loud music, with various people visiting the property at all hours.
Drugs were often discovered during police raids and the landlord was advised to report the tenant to the council.
Fox continued: “Neighbours told me about all sorts of things going on in the house – drugs, fighting, cars always coming and going, people going in and out at all hours.
“There were police raids as well as loud music, banging, shouting and screaming inside the property.
“I went to the police who said I should go to the council because it was anti-social behaviour.”
But regaining possession of the property was not straightforward and Fox had to go to country court to get the man, who is currently serving a prison sentence for motoring offences, evicted.
She continued: “The system needs to be shaken up.
“People always talk about nightmare landlords but it needs to be highlighted that this is what can happen to good landlords.
“It was a living nightmare and it pushed me to the limit.
“Why was he allowed to flout the law?
“I gave the police all the information but nothing was done.”