Housing staff from Derby County Council found a Gloucester Old Spot pig roaming around the bottom floor of a property in Sinfin, Derbyshire, when they went to evict a tenant following complaints from neighbours.
They found the carpets covered in manure after the pig had been kept in the house for a year.
Derby Homes, which is responsible for managing council houses in the city, said the cost of repairing the damage caused to the property would be between £10,000 to £15,000.
Maria Murphy, director of housing and customer service at Derby Homes, said: “This is a disgraceful waste of money, caused by a tenant who failed to show respect for this property or his tenancy agreement.
“On top of the repair costs there is the cost of the office time and legal proceedings in gaining possession of this property.”
Moral of the story: don’t wait for the neighbours to squeal. There’s no substitute for regular property inspections.