A landlord who rented out his 3-bedroom County Durham terraced house to a family on housing benefits has been saddled with thousands of pounds in repair damage after the tenants moved out leaving the property looking ‘like a s*******’.
University lecturer Paul Rostron, 57, from Swindon, rents out three small properties in County Durham to contribute to his children’s university fees and had previously been blessed with good, responsible tenants.
Unfortunately Paul has now been saddled with thousands of pounds worth of repairs and cleaning after his old tenants treated his house like a ‘doss house’ and left behind mountains of rotting furniture and rubbish.
In shocking pictures, Paul’s cosy terraced family home is beyond recognisable replaced by layers of dirt, grime and filth.
The carpeted floors are covered in dust and wrappers as well as discarded clothes and cardboard boxes.
After three years of habitation Paul’s tenants left his house looking like a bombsite
The once immaculate garden has been treated like a personal dump for years
Prior to their tenancy, Paul had spent thousands of pounds making the house cosy for his lodgers
A distraught Paul told MailOnline he had been charging his tenants lower than market rate for the property
Speaking to the MailOnline a distraught Paul revealed he was shocked at how little care the tenants had paid to his property in the three years they’d lived there.
Sharing pictures of the property before the tenancy started, the attention to detail that Paul and his team of decorators had done to ensure his tenants are well looked after is obvious.
This though, he says, wasn’t meant to last.
He explained: ‘The tenants moved in in 2020, at the start of the pandemic.
‘They had the house entirely immaculate. The walls were freshly painted and we had new carpets in at the start of their tenancy.
‘They treated it like a doss house – I have no idea what they did there.’
Paul originally bought the property for £34,000 in 2020 but says that due to the area he has had to rent out properties often at cut prices – meaning that he will be making an overall loss with the repairs.
A carefully manicured children’s room was treated like a pigsty and left with broken appliances
Stained mattresses and broken beds were left leaning against the walls of the small room
Rotting piles of rubbish were abandoned in the sitting room along with detritus
Cardboard boxes, children’s toys and rubbish were littered across the conservatory
Paul was forced to spend thousands of pounds subjecting the house to a deep clean
He explained: ‘The tenants were not able to pay the rent themselves so we got them the Universal Credit and got housing benefit to pay the rent
‘They were paying £380-a-month for a three bedroom terraced house. I was making a loss.
‘I was basically giving them charity and in return they treated my house like a s*******’
Since the nightmare renters moved out, Paul has been left to pick up the pieces.
As well as deep cleaning the rancid property, Paul has had to personally make a host of costly repairs including outfitting the house with new carpets.
He continued: ‘They moved out two weeks ago and we had to move three skips worth of rubbish out of the house.
‘That cost over £1,000. . I’ve got to put new carpets in there as well.
‘As for the kitchen, it was disgusting, it made us all vomit so we had to get professional cleaning services in to do all the units and everything.
‘The cooker was a shambles.
The carpets had rotted away so we had to replace them and have all the house painted all the way throughout.’
The toilet had never been cleaned and the bathroom was filled with waste products
Paul had intended to use the rent to help put his children through university
Aside from the obvious disgust and inconvenience his tenants have caused him, the repair fiasco has left Paul in a lurch with his own children’s university fees – which he contributes to with his side earnings as a landlord.
He said: ‘I use the money I get from my three rental properties to help my children through university and I’ve taken quite a hit on this. It has cost me thousands of pounds.
‘The maximum deposit you can set is about 5 weeks worth of rent – which doesn’t cover the damages at all.
‘My rental agent told me it was the worst state of a house he’d ever seen. It’s just shocking.’