Tenants from hell leave landlord with £10k damage, rent arrears and rats in the boiler!

Tenants from hell leave landlord with £10k damage, rent arrears and rats in the boiler!

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A landlord in Plymouth has been left with £10,000 worth of property damages after renting to the ‘tenants from hell’.

The three-bedroom property had been the home of a young family for just five months, when their landlord attempted to evict them after falling into rent arrears.

After serving an eviction notice on the Plymouth family legal proceedings took one year for Nick Saunders to eventually recover this property; leaving a trail of filth, property damage and even rat-infestation behind them!

Making the age-old mistake, Mr Saunders met the prospective tenants and after paying the £300 deposit required was confident that they were ‘decent people’.

Very little or no tenant referencing was carried out, as the truth soon became clear when it emerged that the couple didn’t have jobs (as stated in their initial application) and had lied about their three dogs; having claimed they only had one.

Photos of the property show everything from ripped up carpets and piles of cigarette butts to dog faeces.

Mr Saunders said: “You literally couldn’t breathe when you went into the house because the smell was so bad.

“The dogs were allowed to urinate on the floors, they had taken all the carpets up and when we finally got rid of them, we found two rats in the boiler.”

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Considering unpaid rent and property damages cost UK landlords £5.4bn every year, this story highlights the ever increasing need for landlords and letting agents to understand the importance of thoroughly referencing their tenants before granting them a tenancy.

Most ‘tenants from hell’ manage to gain access to a new property after leaving their last landlord because their rent default or property damage was simply not registered in time to stop them.

LandlordReferencing.co.uk is the only company in the UK today that will send you an email within 1 hour of a rogue tenant leaving their last landlord.

Our unique Tenant Histories also act as an excellent deterrent to tenants; as once they find out that our unique system is in place (more often than not) they have reconsidered their actions and decided against leaving on bad terms in the first place.

With the amount of private rented sector households set to rocket to around 23% by 2020, as well as the ever growing problems with rent arrears, we all need to be proactive in sending a message to tenants who are intent on refusing to meet their commitments; if you don’t pay the rent then you won’t get a home with another landlord.

As an LRS member posted in our community forum:

‘ I have to say that out of all the checks that can be made on a tenant, the most important reference for me is an LRS one. A tenant with an LRS history tells me everything and more about a tenant. It tells me how well a tenant does or does not pay their rent, and often most importantly of all, how a tenant who runs into financial difficulty, whatever the reason, deals with it. ‘

So why not join our system (free) today and send a clear message to your tenants that you are a good landlord but if they fail to pay their rent or damage your property; you can and will be able to stop them from renting a home in the future, alongside 25,000+ other landlord and agent networkers right across the UK.

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