A landlord was almost reduced to tears after discovering a house he rented out ‘in a state of squalor’, with the occupant causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The tenant, which owed up to £6,250 in unpaid rent, intentionally left a fridge freezer unplugged, leading to an infestation of maggots, contributing to a major cleaning and repairs bill for the landlord.
Despite the disgusting conditions, it took seven months to evict the tenant from the two-bedroom home in Barking, east London.
Sim Sekhon, managing director of LegalforLandlords, commented: "We’ve handled many cases where tenants have left properties in a state of squalor, but this is definitely one of the worst we’ve seen.
"Much of the it was deliberate, with the intention of causing as much damage as possible, which made for a very frustrating wait for the landlord until the tenant could be evicted legally.”
This case once again sheds light on the scale of the problems caused by rogue tenants.
Sekhon added: “We regularly hear about rogue landlords and the need to protect tenants, but these incidents aren’t unusual and more should be done to make sure that landlords’ rights are given equal consideration.
"Like many landlords forced to deal with something like this, I expect the owner of this home will go on to sell the property instead of continuing to rent - it can be a very stressful ordeal, particularly with such long delays, all the time knowing the damage is worsening, the repair bill edging upwards.
"It’s extremely unfair that the landlord has been saddled with a hefty bill on top of the arrears, but I’m pleased we have been able to help her to regain control of her property."