Renter’s revenge: Pictures which show the squalid aftermath left by an angry tenant in £100,000 home after a row with his landlord
July 16, 2012
By Leon Watson
These squalid pictures show the aftermath of a £12,000 trail of vandalism left by a disgruntled tenant at his rented house after a row with his landlord.
The man went berserk at the seaside property in an act of ‘renter’s revenge’ after falling out with businessman Karim Haji about the electricity meter.
The tenant ripped out wall fittings, kicked down doors and littered the house with rubbish before allowing several stray dogs into the property to run riot chewing carpets curtains, wallpaper a sofa and and chairs.
Karim Haji, a landlord
who owns a number of properties in the Blackpool area, was left shocked to discover that a tenant had left one of his houses destroyed
He also left a pile of rotting pots and pans in the kitchen and upturned the fridge.
Before quitting the terraced property the unnamed jobless tenant – who had his £65 a week paid paid for by the taxpayer – scrawled a defiant racist message on the lounge door addressed to his landlord 47-year old Mr Haji.
It read: ‘Monkey Man – shudda done tenancy and sorted out this hellhole. Now you have more work to do. Have a nice life.’
Mr Haji only found out the extent of the destruction when he collected the keys to the £100,000 three bedroomed house in Blackpool, Lancashire, and went to examine it.
Later to his dismay, he has been told his insurance will not cover the full cost for the extensive damage because a clause in his policy does not cover damage caused by animals.
‘I was absolutely sickened when I opened the door, the smell was bad enough to knock me back before I even saw the state of it,’ said Mr Haji.
Rotting: The bill was for £12,000 worth of damage after the tenants
Filthy pots and pans, takeaway litter, drugs paraphernalia and dirty clothing were left strewn around the property and to make matters worse, racist graffiti was daubed across the walls
There was also heavily soiled carpets had been ripped from the floor, sofa cushions were destroyed and paper ripped off the walls
‘I’ve estimated it will cost me around £12,000 to put right after what this person has done. The house used to be immaculate – I had the entire property redecorated before he moved in, I even re-papered the walls and had carpets re-fitted.
‘I just want tax payers to see how their money is being spent, because he was a DSS tenant. Hard-earned money is being spent on these bums, who don’t want to get a job or better their lives.
‘I can’t even call people like him animals – they are the dregs of society who don’t give a damn. These people who sleep all day and drink all night – they have had absolutely no respect.’
Mr Haji only found out the extent of the destruction when he collected the keys to the £100,000 three bedroomed house in Blackpool, Lancashire
The landlord has been told his insurance will not cover the full cost for the extensive damage because a clause in his policy does not cover damage caused by animals
Mr Haji said: ‘I just want tax payers to see how their money is being spent, because he was a DSS tenant. Hard-earned money is being spent on these bums, who don¿t want to get a job or better their lives.
‘Landlords have all these strict rules and regulations to adhere to and have to spend money upgrading our properties, yet we get nothing in return.
‘There is no safeguard for us when tenants behave like this; all we get is headaches and hassle.
‘I’m so bitter about that – the government needs to do something. It’s a tough time, we just want to break even and with the banks not lending and insurance companies tightening their belt, it is us who pay the price at the end of the day.’
The man had moved in one of Mr Haji’s six properties last April but trouble began just a month later when the landlord was warned the new tenant was fiddling his electricity meter.
Abuse directed at Karim Haji was daubed on the walls of the property
On June 26, Mr Haji let himself into the locked property and was knocked back by an unbearable stench of urine and excrement
‘I was absolutely sickened when I opened the door, the smell was bad enough to knock me back before I even saw the state of it,’ said Mr Haji
Mr Haji said: ‘The man was unemployed and at first he seemed like a nice gentleman. I saw him quite regularly before he rented from me because he was friends with my neighbour and would often visit. He seemed like a decent chap.
‘The rent was paid directly through the council – it was £65 a week. But then my neighbour told me he was by-passing the electricity and I wasn’t happy about that, so I went round to check it out.
‘I knocked on the door and when he invited me in the place was immaculate – he had taken care of it.
‘I made up I was checking if he had any of my mail, so I went to check in the electricity cupboard because that’s where the letters were kept, on top of the box.
What a mess: Blackpool Council said the rental was a private agreement and had not involved the authority
Karim Haji said: ‘Dog mess was everywhere – it looked like they could have been breeding them because there was a large make-shift cot in the middle of the room which could have fitted around seven dogs.’
‘What I heard was true – he had by-passed the wires. I told him this was not right and I wasn’t happy about it.
‘His excuse was that he was trying to save money to buy a car but I told him to put it back or I would be calling the electricity board. We all have money to save but we all have to pay bills – it was unacceptable.’
Mr Haji visited the following week to discover the tenant had not taken his advice – so he contacted the electricity board.
‘I made arrangements for them to go round and deal with it. I called a week later and was told they had been round twice but there was no reply. They managed to get in a third try and switched it off.’
On June 26, Mr Haji let himself into the locked property and was knocked back by an unbearable stench of urine and excrement.
He added: ‘The smell knocked me out and it would still knock you out today – I can’t get rid of it. The smell of urine was everywhere and dog mess was strewn all over the carpets.
‘Dog mess was everywhere – it looked like they could have been breeding them because there was a large make-shift cot in the middle of the room which could have fitted around seven dogs.
‘The house had been destroyed top to bottom – the curtains and furniture had been chewed, the carpets had been ripped up, wall paper had been torn off and the doors were kicked in.’
‘Racist graffiti directed at me were written with marker on the walls and doors. His girlfriend, who I refused tenancy, was obviously living there too. There was also sorts of female sanitary products littered everywhere. It was so disgusting I was almost physically sick.
‘The insurance said any damage caused by dogs cannot be covered – but a dog cannot kick in a door. I’m absolutely devastated; this has obviously set me back financially.’
Lancashire Police said a 29-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and theft and had been bailed pending further inquiries.
A spokesman said: ‘The house was left in considerable disarray and racist graffiti had been written on a wall and a door in black marker pen. Inquiries are continuing.’
Blackpool Council said the rental was a private agreement and had not involved the authority.
Source : dailymail