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A tenant put the lives of over a dozen residents at risk after attempting to torch his flat the day before he was due to be evicted.
Elderly residents were forced to evacuate their homes after 44-year-old Roy Domachowski started a turpentine fuelled fire in the lounge of his rented accommodation.
The blaze caused £2,600 worth of damage and could have ended in tragedy had it not been for the sharp eye of a neighbour and the quick response of the local fire services.
He has since been jailed for five years.
The tenant moved into the block of flats, consisting of 12 flats in all, in January of 2011.
He quickly fell into rent arrears with Derby homes who eventually handed him an eviction notice, followed by a court order, telling him to be out of the property by April 2013.
The day before he had to leave the property he decided to start the fire in a reckless attempt at revenge, putting the lives of his neighbours at risk.
Best Practise Tenant Referencing may have prevented this man from moving into a property where he was not able to keep up with the rent. This would have prevented a situation that could have, very easily, turned tragic.
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