Tenant Neglect Results in £20k Property Damage and Loss for Landlord, Highlighting Need for Rental Regulations

…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media. Aydin Guner, a landlord, found himself facing a daunting task when his tenants left his property in a deplorable state, resulting in extensive damage and an estimated cost of £20,000 for repairs.

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The tenants had moved into the property in February 2022, but when the six-month inspection arrived, the estate agents discovered that the home was far from clean and did not meet the required standards.

Unpaid Rent and Legal Measures

To make matters worse, the tenants stopped paying their rent eight months later, prompting Aydin to issue a section 21 notice, requesting their departure from the property.

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However, the family refused to leave, leading Aydin to pursue a court order for eviction through a writ of possession.

On Tuesday, bailiffs were finally sent to remove the tenants, and the extent of the damage became evident, leaving Aydin devastated.

Extensive Damage and Neglected Conditions

Upon entering the property, Aydin was met with a disheartening sight.

Outside, there was a mountain of trash that had attracted rats, and a leaking washing machine had caused significant damage to the utility wall, which had rotted.

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The interior of the property was in an equally appalling state.

The floorboards were ripped up, the pool table was ruined, and dog urine covered the walls.

The bailiffs themselves expressed astonishment, stating that they had never witnessed such a severe situation.

Costly Repairs and Financial Consequences

Aydin estimates that restoring the property to its previous condition will require approximately £20,000 in repairs.

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Furthermore, he has suffered a loss of approximately £6,000 in unpaid rent.

Aydin also learned from one of the neighbors, an elderly lady, that living next to the property had been a nightmare due to the tenants’ behavior.

These circumstances have left Aydin disillusioned with the rental market.

Considering the extensive repairs needed, Aydin contemplates the possibility of listing the property on Airbnb, which would require several months to complete the necessary renovations.

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