Dangers of not having a legally binding tenancy agreement.
Landlord left with £10,000 clean-up bill after tenants from hell
Landlord Nick Saunders let his buy to let property out to a young family and after only five months they had become the tenants from hell, leaving the house covered in in faeces and urine.
Now clearly this was a case of the tenant abusing their position and should have been dealt with far more swiftly than was the case. In addition, there should be a system in place that allows for the Devon landlord to recoup the costs of putting the house back into a state that would allow other tenants to move in. Rather than this family being allowed to move on and repeat the process.
There was evidence of dog faeces smeared across the carpet and piles of cigarette butts on the counter-tops. Can you imagine the smell inside this house?
It transpired that the tenants told landlord Nick Saunders they had one dog but it later emerged they had three.
What disgusts me is that this dispute took a year to be resolved not only for the landlord but two small children were living in this property in squalor.
We are not sure what form of references Mr Saunders took up but he was quoted as saying they seemed like ‘decent people’
However, it transpires that they failed repeatedly to pay the agreed £600 a month rent and Mr Saunders served the family with an eviction notice with one month’s notice to leave.
It later emerged the couple also did not have jobs as they had suggested which may indicate that the referencing process was not sufficiently robust.
Due to the tenants entering into a legal dispute they remained in the property for almost a year.
This unfortunate tenancy highlights why it is so important that landlords properly vet prospective tenants by carrying out background checks on the people they let homes to by referencing tenants, as this is when many potential problems can be identified and ultimately avoided.
Tenant referencing provides all the background information on prospective tenants, helping landlords and agents make an educated choice about who they let properties to and importantly their ability to pay the rent on time each month.
It would be interesting to know if these rogue tenants have now received social housing and are doing the same to yet another property.
What are your thoughts on the delays and possible lack of referencing?