A landlord revealed that he “almost cried” when he discovered the unsettling chaos left by his nightmare tenants.
Daniel Needes, of Bridgend, Wales, was renting his three-bed house in the Pont-y-Rhyl area to a family from January 2018 until the end of 2019, for £ 550 a month.
The property had been in “perfect condition” before the family moved, having been completely renovated by his late father, and had also been equipped with new appliances.
But Daniel said that the tenants moved suddenly without warning and found that the property had been completely wiped out, leaving rotting food in bags throughout the house, torn wallpaper and even prescription drugs.
The shocking conditions left by tenants in a landlord’s house, with Daniel Needes saying he almost cried when he saw him
Shocking photos show that the wallpaper has been torn down, the walls have been left with holes and the doors have been broken
Daniel, a single father, said: ‘I went home as soon as possible and that was when I saw what they had done.
‘To be honest, when I first saw it, I almost cried. They had completely destroyed it. The house stank. They had turned it into a landfill.
In the kitchen, the tenants had left so many plastic bags, crushed boxes, rubbish bags and empty food containers that the floor was completely hidden.
The rubbish was piled high in the sink, a greased fryer was left on the side and a horizontal freezer full of thawed food remained open.
Daniel said the family had left rotting food in the kitchen, bathroom and bags scattered throughout the house, as well as prescription drugs that included tablets and inhalers.
The shocking photos show that the wallpaper had been torn down, the walls had been left with holes, the doors were broken and the once cream-colored carpet was covered in dirt and black spots.
Tenants had also left behind piles of unwanted things like clothes and toys all over the house.
Daniel said the family had left rotting food in the kitchen, bathroom and bags scattered throughout the house
Tenants had also left large stacks of unwanted objects such as clothes and toys
Trash bags were left all over the house and the once-cleaned carpet was covered in dirt and stains
Daniel said that the tenants also accumulated around £ 1,000 in arrears on the gas and electricity meters that had been shut down
In one room, a giant pink dollhouse can be seen amidst the mess, while in another, black sheets and a cartoon-themed duvet were left on a child’s bed.
Daniel said he expects the repair work to be in the thousands.
“The house needs to be stripped,” he said. ‘I spent hundreds just to empty the house and garden and I don’t think anything can be saved.
“It’s a shame.”
The family had not told him that they had gone away and only realized when he received a letter from the Department of Labor and Pensions – that he paid the rent directly to Daniel – saying that the payments had stopped because he was not plus their landlord.
For Daniel, the hardest thing was to see his father’s hard work fall apart.
The once cream colored carpet was covered in dirt, black spots and rotting food and rubbish scattered throughout the house
In one room, a giant pink dollhouse can be seen amidst the confusion while in another, black sheets and a cartoon-themed duvet were left on a child’s bed
He said: ‘He spent five years doing it and it was immaculate, it looked like a home show.
‘It passed shortly after. I was going to go home but I had to move with my mother, so I decided to let him out.
“I’m glad I’m not here to see the state in which they left him because that would crush him.”
Daniel said that the tenants also accumulated around £ 1,000 in arrears on the gas and electricity meters that had been shut down.
But despite the time and money needed to restore the house to rentable conditions, Daniel was not put off leaving his property.
He said: ‘I don’t know where I went wrong. I think there should be some sort of database where landlords can upload evidence against tenants, so that others know how to be cautious in the future.
‘I will bring the house back in good condition and then rent it, this did not deter me. But surely I will be more cautious in the future. ‘