Landlords speak out on tenants from hell
RENTING out a home isn’t always easy. Landlords across Greater Manchester have been sharing their horror stories about tenants from hell – and the damage and filth they often leave behind.
“The police called me up and told me they’d found a cannabis farm at one of my properties. They said that they found it using thermal imaging,” said a landlord who has rented out homes in Greater Manchester since 1995.
“When they raided the place, they found £50,000 lying on the table that had been left.
“The people didn’t care about it. They just did a runner.
“This has happened to me twice and it’s quite common, according to the police.”
“Because it was linked with criminal activity, our insurance company were unwilling to pay out. The tenants were in there for about six months and they wrecked the place.
“It cost me thousands to fix. I think eventually I got about £12,000 but I had to pay around £15,000 in costs – so I lost money.
“It happened again to me, this time in Wigan. The tenants there were only in there for about three or four months and caused around £3,500- worth of damage. The cost incurred depends how many holes they dig in the walls. The bigger the house the more damage is caused. But don’t be surprised, this is quite common.
“I’ve found you need to have a few properties working when one goes wrong, and one will always go wrong.
“I had a house in Rochdale, which was almost destroyed by a couple. The man was stealing all the metal pipes and wiring from the house.
“He ripped out all of the electrical cables and plumbing – the house flooded.
“To top it all, I couldn’t do anything about it, the police wouldn’t do anything. They said that it wasn’t actually theft, because he was living there.
“And the insurance company wouldn’t do anything either.”
A Stockport landlord said of one tenant: “She had been there for about eight years and we used to do six monthly check ups. There was never a problem, she was lovely.”
“Then one day, the day before rent was due, a family member put her keys through my letterbox.
“Apparently, she had disappeared, she was gone. They said that I could keep the deposit but it didn’t even touch it. ●
“I went into the house and it was completely trashed and cost me about £10,000 to repair everything.
“It was so strange. She literally never missed a payment.”
In another incident with bad tenants, the matter reached breaking point after neighbours revealed that the couple renting the property had abandoned it suddenly.
“There was rubbish everywhere, the doors were all broken, all the carpets ● had been very badly stained and there were large holes in the wall.
“The kitchen was disgusting and filthy, there were stains everywhere and insects in the carpets.
“When we contacted the tenants about the damage, they told us to take back our deposit, but that wasn’t even close to how much it cost to fix the house.
“We ended up taking more than 50 rubbish bags to the tip. The walls all needed replastering and all the carpets needed replacing. My wife was about to go on maternity leave and we ended up using all our savings to pay for the repairs. We were also left to pick up their unpaid bills. In all it cost us thousands of pounds.
“And on top of that they sent my wife abusive text messages, just days after giving birth to our son.
“It was a very stressful time and we felt we had no one to turn to complain.
“The tenants found themselves another home and we were surprised how easy it was for them to do that without a thought about how they treated our property.”
The landlords we have quoted in this feature asked not to be identified.
Rubbish left at one home by tenants
The mess at a property which the landlord was left to sort out after the tenant left