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Tenant from hell leaves flat in horror state with 8,000 beer cans and overflowing toilet


The damage to the property included mountains of mess to wade through plus rotting food and a toilet piled with waste that appeared to never have been flushed.

The damage, and the lack of rent paid by the tenant resulted in a £12,000 loss for the landlord.

In addition to the horrendous mess in the property, 8,000 empty beer cans were left by the “problem tenant” which completely covered the living room sofa, plus a dining chair and table so that they were barely visible.

The nightmare tenant told the landlord in a text that he “might have left a bit of a mess”, but the scale of the damage to the flat, which is owned by property developers who build, rent and sell other properties in the area, was unprecedented.

To tackle the job, cleaner and wastewater management expert Freddie Gillium-Webb, 29, from Hampshire was called in to issue a deep-clean and return the premises to normality.

The 30-hour job, across a three-day period, required over 10 bottles of bleach and around 100 bin bags to aid the return to normality.

Mr Gillium-Webb described the clean-up process as “never-ending” with a “terrible” smell and reported that “After the first day it didn’t even look like I’d made a difference”.

The quantity of mess taken from the property was so large that it required a digger to crush it in order to fit it inside the giant skip hired for the occasion.

Describing his experience at the property, the expert stated: “As soon as I walked through the door there were beer cans everywhere.

“He clearly didn’t use the bin at all because the kitchen was full of food waste and in the living room there were half-eaten kebabs and mouldy loaves of bread all over the floor.

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He said: “Because I work in wastewater I don’t heave or throw up very easily but cleaning that mess up I must have gagged about 20 times and was sick three times”.

He imagines the property had been in such a state “for a while” due to the extent of the damage, and implied the tenant had been “just living in it and topping up the mess”.

The tenant had always made excuses to get out of flat inspections that were arranged by the property owner after he failed to pay any rent during the course of his tenancy.

As movements towards the eviction process began, the tenant decided to leave the property of his own accord.

Mr Gillium-Webb expressed his opinions on the issue stating: “It just shouldn’t be able to happen and tenants like that should be blacklisted from renting again because otherwise it could just happen again and again to more landlords.

“The tenant might have had depression and he probably had a drinking problem based on the number of cans – you need help sometimes but you can’t live like that, there’s no excuse for it to get that bad”.

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