Land­lady left with re­pair bill

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Community -

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.

(Pic­tures by Maria Brad­shaw.)

THE PROP­ERTY OWNER said the woman moved out very early in the morn­ing, leav­ing the apart­ment un­tidy and dusty.

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