My Tenant Is A Lazy, Worthless, Greasy Kebab

Ok, so remember the other day when I was talking about how my tenant was vacating, and how it was difficult for me to take viewings because of his shit-crazy taste in furniture? You guys remember, right? Well, you also may remember that I said besides from his alien grasp of interior design, he was generally a clean tenant. Well, scratch that noise, forget I said that bullshit. He’s actually a lazy, filthy, cheesy, shit-stained greasy kebab!

My tenant moved out over the weekend just gone, so I got to see the property as an empty shell for the first time in over 8 months. That’s when it all became clear! It wasn’t that my tenant had sinful taste at all; those awful props (furniture) were just there to distract me from the truth. He was basically Derren Brown in disguise, playing mind tricks!

Here are pictures of the truth (oh, and believe me, these pictures do no justice to how much of a filthy beast he really is)…

Shit stained carpet

Shit stained carpet

Dusty carpet/skirting board

Dirty Carpet

Dusty Floor

More shit stained carpet

Mascara Stained Carpet

Shit stained kitchen floor, caked with grease, plus a stroke of highlighter pen for spice

Dirty Floor

The dude must have cooked in this oven for 8 months without cleaning it once!

Greasy Oven

More greasy oven

Greasy Oven 2

Tiles above the cooker – those speckles are NOT part of the design on the tiles, they’re greasy kebab blobs

Greasy Walls

Shit stained wall

Scuffed Wall

Pubes left in the bath for me to scoop up with my tongue

Pubes in bathroom

Apparently my tenant had a fetish for wiping his arse on everything besides from toilet paper! And like I said, the pictures don’t highlight how thick and prominent the grease/dirt around the property is. The kitchen is pretty unbearable; the units, front & back door, windows, tiles and floor is coated with thick grease.

Don’t get me wrong, he never trashed the place or anything, and I know it could have been a lot worse. Most of this shit can be wiped clean with industrial strength kebab-grease killer. But still, it’s just fucking gross how someone can live like that. It was apparent he never cleaned the house once. What makes it worse is that the guy is a doctor. Urgh. You’d like to think hygiene would be on top of his seedy little agenda.

Bear in mind that the entire house was professionally cleaned, provided with new carpets, new oven and fresh paint, and that’s how he left it.

Firstly, I’d be too embarrassed for anyone else to see me living like that. Secondly, if I didn’t clean the entire time I lived there (which he clearly never), I would have enough courtesy and too much pride not to make an exception for when I moved out. Thirdly, before vacating a property, checking for loose pubes and skid marks down the toilet is human nature, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought, too.

Seriously, some people have no shame. Fortunately, I’m getting the place professionally cleaned this weekend on his expense. Thank God for deposits.

For those wondering, I put his pubes in a jar, which now resides next to my bed. Oh, and…

Kebab Man
This whole incident is just a reminder of why it’s important to:

Fortunately I did all of the above, so I live to fight another day. Or in my case, another grease-ball tenant.

On a complete sidenote, know what makes me laugh? In America they spell it Kebob and pronounce it Keeebob. That always cracks me up.

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mllysbb 9th July, 2010 @ 07:21

A year or two ago, sick of having to replace carpets every time someone vacated, I became a convert to laminate flooring. I know that doesn't keep an oven clean, but it is SO good to just be able to go in and give a quick mop - once the floor's clean the whole place looks tons better. i don't provide white goods; if they buy their own they will look after them and if they don't.... what do I care..? Have yet to come up with a similar solution for walls, baths etc...

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Ginsterlam 9th July, 2010 @ 07:56

Did you pay him any inspection visits during his stay there? I pay my Tenants a visit every 3 months and if the place looks like a dive I do have a good ol' moan at them and inform them of what it costs to move the pro's in when they vacate. A letter is always good as you have this on file should you ever need to submit any evidence to the Deposit Protection Schemes if they dispute their deposit later.
I must say that most of my Tenants are pretty good. They do generally tidy up and sort the place out once you give then a good ol' talking to but then again I'm sure there are so many shitbags out there who couldn't care less! What this guy has done to your property is appalling! He deserves to be shot in the groin!

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The Landlord 9th July, 2010 @ 08:23

@Ginsterlam,
I did an inspection 4 months ago, and those stains on the carpet weren't there. I noticed the kitchen was a little greasy, but it wasn't too bad, and I knew I could clean it off. If I notice anything like this again, I'll give a firm nudge, like you suggested, and hopefully that will stop the problem from escalating.

The entire property just needs a good scrub. There's no physical damage, which is always my main concern.

@mllysbb
Yeah, carpets are a right pain, especially when you have light, neutral colours! To be fair, the only place I have carpets is in the bedrooms. I think when it's time to replace them, I may just put down laminate flooring! Like you said, a clean floor makes all the difference, and they're easy to clean!

I don't think you can avoid scuffs on walls when you're using light paint!

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shell 9th July, 2010 @ 13:02

OMG just had an identical problem. We even have the same oven! My scum bag was a Teacher!!!! how the hell they can teach primary school kids how to read and write when they cant even wipe their own arse????

I would have been happy with scuffs on light walls in the main bedroom- instead I got snot (well I hope to god it was)
As for skids in the bog- the toilet seat was so stained I had to get the cleaning company to remove it!!! I know a lot of tenants are not going to repect property that have not grafted to buy but for heaven sakes have a little self repect and either get your butt oven the toilet or learn how to clean it before people look at it.

As for shooting them in the groin they are probably bullet proof with all that caked on Sh@*

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Aunty P 9th July, 2010 @ 18:20

My colleague often comes back from inspections absolutely horrified at how people live. Class means nothing and the most intellectual are often the worst offenders! I'm not talking about engineer types who are often regimental in the cleanliness but doctors and professors, bankers and IT people seem to live happily in filth. Young sharers are another dirty bunch. Usually one will do all the cleaning because they care how they live, the rest will continue to be slobs and then the clean sharer gets pissed off and gives up.

I had a man in my office the other day claiming to have worked for 3 days to clean his place and why did we have to send cleaners in? Because you and your lazy wife lived like pigs all the time you were there bonehead! That's what I wanted to say anyway :-) BTW, we inspected his place twice in the 6 weeks prior to his vacate date and put in writing what he needed to do!

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The Landlord 10th July, 2010 @ 10:01

@shell

ha, I swear, these grease balls come in all shapes and sizes! You can just never tell these days!

There are all sorts odd "blobs" scattered around the house which I don't even want to venture guessing the sources!

You hit the nail on the head. I can accept that not every tenant is respect their rented property, but seriously, at least maintain a basic level of human hygiene.

@Aunty P
Urgh, I dread to imagine what letting agents have seen over the years! In the past I've have properties left in bad condition e.g. holes in walls, drawings on walls, odd stains on carpets. I consider that all pretty "normal". But those issues didn't reflect on my tenants' hygiene. This was the worst time that I saw the result of a tenant that had no concept or car for hygiene!

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Aunty P 10th July, 2010 @ 12:00

The worst I ever saw was a a real hair raiser. Had an Overseas landlord in Nigeria and when the tenants gave notice on the flat told us she was letting to family so didn't need us anymore. We parted on good terms and gave it no more thought. A few months later had a phone call from one of her neighbours who thought we were still managing it. The tenants had trashed it. We phoned the landlord as we still had her number. The council hadn't bothered to let her know and she asked us to take it over again. Turned out the council had talked her into letting it to them on a no deposit basis and they't put heroin addicts in there. We went to see the damage.

Vomit everywhere including inside the washing machine along with the contents of bags of sugar, dried fruit pasta and god knows what else. Shit on all the walls and curtains. Piss everywhere. Flooring ripped up and they even bent all the hinges trying to jump out of a window. (4th story flat). All the doors off, furniture broken and her white leather sofas destroyed. (Yes I know, we told her not to leave white leather but she wouldn't listen.) Needles everywhere. The place was fumigated and everything in it destroyed. The landlord was never fully compensated and the insurance didn't cover this situation. She also lost two months rent due to delays n being notified and the time it took to sort out.

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Eric Dickinson 12th July, 2010 @ 14:14

That is actually disgusting especially the oven. How people live like that is amazing

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Sam 30th July, 2010 @ 18:58

You should see the house my agent (who I've sacked) just tried to give me back. I flipped my lid - the tenants have had 2 massive dogs in there (without permission) which have obviously done their business all over the house. Not only am I withholding the deposit I'm suing the agent aswell.

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Matt 17th August, 2010 @ 21:12

I am dreading the day I finally get my tenant out! He is a DSS tenant and has ignored the section 21 notice which expired last month.. so off to court.

Being disabled (and he loves to play that card!) he can't clean! Last inspection i found a small pile of either sick or shit he had just put a piece of card over!

It was a brand new flat when he moved in 18months ago and will need new carpets (Laminate sounds good!) and a bloddy good scrub and clean.

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mark stone 12th November, 2010 @ 00:19

Anyone got any advise, I had a tenant in a property with a two year contract, they decided to leave early with 6 month to run, I made a gesture of goodwill and said that if they paid 3 months I would let them off three months, they agreed and then asked by email to the estate agent if i would accept the bond as final rent, I agreed.

They are now disputing this payment with the backing of the estate agent who paid it me, as I now have new tenants in the property and they think as I was fortunate to get tenants within a month, they have paid for a property I now receive rent from another occupant.

Am I mad or are the tenants stupid and likewise the estate agents for supporting them, the solicitor for the estate agents, clee tompkinson and francis seems to support their case and believes that I will loose if it goes to courts.

Any advise, I do believe the whole thing has been mismanaged by the agents as I am being mislead by the agent, the last occupant I had was an estate agent and left the place in a terrible mess, so the dodgy handling may lay here.

Any advise or names of good solicitors would be helpful as I intend to fight this on pure principal.

many thanks

Mark

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Aunty P 12th November, 2010 @ 08:19

Hi Mark, My interpretation is that when a landlord agress to let a tenant leave before the contract expires the tenat pays rent until the lanldord lets the property again. Sometimes the landlord and tenants agree a sum of compensation to cover costs of finding another tenant. These costs should be reasonable and not intented to make you a profit.

You may lose this if they take it further if you took more than say one months rent from them and then started a new tenancy within a month of them vacating. Do you have anything in writing, emails etc, laying out the terms you agreed with tenants and agents? It seems wrong that the agents agreed and were party to something that they now say is unfair.

I'll be interested to hear the outcome and to see what others have to say.

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Ginster 12th November, 2010 @ 13:46

I had a Tenant who recently wanted to leave one of my properties 6 months before the end of their agreement. I agreed to release them from their contract on the proviso that I could find someone to replace them. I asked for their cooperation in the matter where viewings and tidiness were concerned and they very happily complied.
As result I found a replacement and they moved out and made sure the flat was spotless for the new Tenants.
In a scenario like this I don't think it would have been fair to charge them extra. You would've had to do the same paperwork regardless even if they'd served their full tenancy anyway. It can be a slight inconvenience but I think this is the nature of this business.

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Mark STONE 8th December, 2010 @ 00:43

Many thanks for your response, I'll keep you informed.

the main facts are they signed a goodwill statement where they offered to pay two months of the remaining 6 with no mention of rent on it, one solicitor thinks they have no case but another thinks they are will win and get back 300 of the 650 as I paid £350 to the estate agent to relet, I however had damage and missing items from the property they they have failed to notify the tennants of which will total around £3000 so he thinks this will deter them.

I'll let you know what happens.

Mark

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Missy 4th May, 2012 @ 10:32

I'm not surprised the carpets were full of shit. They're white. I'll never understand why landlords put white and beige carpets in rentals and then bitch and moan if they're dirty. You are right this shit head was certainly a dirty bastard but you should have told him to clean up his shit before moving out. Somewhere we rented they had put beige carpet in the fucking kitchen of all things, what a nob.

Anyway, you have my sympathy, a doctor should at least rinse out the shower for Gods sake. Treated it like a hotel by the looks of it.

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Lull 29th June, 2012 @ 18:31

I moved into a property where there were gobs of grease all over the ENTIRE kitchen. It was horrendous. I spent literally WEEKS cleaning, and I used a paint stripper to scrape they layers off the walls, cabinets, under cabinets, window frames, ceiling, light fitting doors...

I have never seen anything like it, but it seems common in rental properties (had the same before in a previous place). Apparently the landlords wife used to clean for the old tenants, but understandably became fed-up with clearing up after a bunch of lazy men. Since then, the place clearly was never cleaned - and numerous fry-ups were cooked resulting in this mess.

One of the things that does make a huge difference in my own rental property is having a decent extractor hood over the hob. (along with a stainless steel or glass splashback rather than tile).

Another thing... when I first tried to deal with the grease layer that was several cm thick. - I tried all the commercial cleaners. NOTHING worked. Not bleach, cilit bang, washing up liquid, oven cleaner, cream cleaner blah blah blah. My moment of triumph came when I discovered that simple Bicarbonate of Soda mixed up with a little water in a paste, then applied to surfaces and left for a few minutes - outperformed everything else by huge margins! I thought it was just a hippy/eco/old lady option that was only suitable for light cleaning. Boy was I wrong!

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Andrew Benfield 7th July, 2012 @ 08:57

I've had an almost identical situation. The property was let through an agent. The house was described as 'A1 condition' at the start of the tenancy and handed back to me as 'unfit for human habitation'(by my managing Agent) when I finally got the tenant out. I suspect the tenant was sourced through the council's homechoice scheme...I could have done that it seems without the need of an agent who would supposedly market the place. Easy work for them... An instant tenant off the waiting list and they could 'big themselves up' in letting me know they'd found one the next day!
Now I was on the full management service...so one asks how was it that Lazy, Worthless, Greasy, Iranian Kebab parents with three crayon yielding kids were allowed to get away with it by the agents who were doing the inspections. Be careful of the the small print I say.... When I dug out the original contract with the Agent it states that they will only inform the landlord of any issues...Note inform me!!!.... not that they will deal with it. Of course I did get inspection reports saying that the place was untidy and that mould was appearing in the bathroom and spare room etc...But I'd expect more than just informing me... For fucks sake, who's paying for the management. ...And what really pissed me off, on reflection, was that any little issue that was a Landlord responsibility under the contract, was notified and dealt with by the agents contractor and charged to me form the rent I'd receive. When it was a case that all the walls and woodwork had been comprehensively scribbled over with crayons,felt-tips, biros etc...absolutely nothing happened...I was informed the place needed painting and they billed me!! Contract is worthless...what the landlord was responsible for, I paid. What the tenant was responsible for...I paid again. Never once was the tenant presented with a bill for the consequences of their neglect and lifestyle. It just SUCKS. What message does that send out I told the Agent.

So with tenants like these what recourse do we have? We can't add them to a 'Blacklist' because apparently the data protection act doesn't allow. Court?... well I'm told is just chucking good money after bad. The 'previous landlord' reference is useless if they are council's responsibility and moving into 'temporary accomodion' or being given a nice council house on us. I'd like arsehole tenants like this to have a record that haunts/embarrasses them...somewhere. Any ideas?

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