Landlady left with repair bill
AN ELDERLY WOMAN is calling for more legislation to protect landlords against unscrupulous tenants.
The 81-year-old, who requested anonymity, said she was not only threatened with violence by her young female tenant, but was left with a substantial repair bill after the woman moved out.
A soiled mattress which she had to throw out, a stove possibly damaged beyond repair, burnt saucepans, a damaged washing machine, and an untidy, dusty apartment greeted her when she inspected the property.
The upset landlady, who resides upstairs the apartment, said the tenant moved out in the wee hours while she was still asleep.
“You won’t believe that she left the place like this. When you see her walking, she is like a fashionista.”
She added that the woman rented the apartment for four months and was late with the rent just before she gave her notice to move out.
“One day as she was leaving, I asked her about the rent and she started to get on and told me she would throw acid on me. That really shook me to the core; it really hurt me,” said the owner, who worked as a nurse in both England and the United States.
Pointing out that she had a previous tenant who stayed for three years with no problems, the landlady said she had listed the apartment through a real estate agent. “I called up the agency and I said, ‘You have really sent me a doozy’. “There were men coming at all hours of the night; doors were constantly banging. My bedroom was above hers and I had to move out of there.”
This experience has so rattled her that she has decided never to rent again.
THE LANDLADY said the stove was so damaged, it might be beyond repair.
BURNT SAUCEPANS left behind by the tenant.
THE PROPERTY OWNER said the woman moved out very early in the morning, leaving the apartment untidy and dusty.