Yup, it’s definitely up there with one of the most irritating and inconvenient habits that, from my experience, most tenants seem to naturally carry – the need to create unnecessary gaping holes in walls that are unfit for purpose!
I don’t think I’ve ever obtained a tenant that hasn’t “carelessly” drilled, or even worse, forcefully hammered through, multiple holes in the walls. It genuinely irritates the fuck out of me.
I ALWAYS tell my tenants to use copious amounts of diligence when drilling holes in the walls. For example, if they want to hang up a photo frame, then they should ensure a proper “photo frame nail” is used, as opposed to a thick, heavy duty masonry nail that is suitable for building a garden shed. Big holes are both expensive and difficult to repair (if you want to do it properly).
Do they ever listen? No.
The cheapest and therefore the preferred way of resolving the issue is by stuffing the ghastly holes with polyfiler, and then applying a lick of paint. The end result is usually tragic, especially when executed by someone with zero D.I.Y skills. You’re never left with the smooth finish which was once-upon-a-time. The best option is to get a professional plasterer in, but that never happens because let’s face it, who’s going to bother? What usually happens is that a few days before the tenant is due to vacate, they pop out to Homebase to purchase a cheap tub of Polyfiler and apply their D.I.Y magic. As said, the result is typically tragic and leaves me in tears, along with the will to kill.
One of my tenants is due to move out in two weeks time so I’ve been lining up viewings to ensure minimal unoccupancy. Without the presence, but with the permission of my tenant, I went to the property earlier today to scope out the condition. The property isn’t actually in too bad shape, but I noticed multiple holes scattered around various walls in the property, which initially triggered a manageable flow of anger. However, the closer I inspected, the less manageable my anger became. Like they say, if you go looking for trouble, trouble will find you. Well, I went looking, and a shitload of trouble came at me like a runaway steam train. I started to slowly discover gaping hole after gaping hole as I crept through each room.
In the midst of my heart-attack, I frantically started texting my tenant:
Hi mate. House is in OK condition, but there are quite a few big holes in the walls that need to be fixed. Cheers
Hi buddy. The holes will be sorted before I move out
Alarm bells start ringing at this point.
So now I have to sit around and wait to see what kind of Chuckle Brother D.I.Y job he manages to pull out of his rectum. I’m scared.
For your own amusement, here are a few snaps of some of the holes. Please bear with me if I break down in tears as I post these…
I understand that putting up curtain railings will require drilling holes. But if you’re going to do that, at least do it elegantly, and not like you’ve unnecessarily tried to resolve the problem with a sledgehammer. Clearly a method my tenant endorses. I have no qualms with tenants hanging up photos or shelves, that’s cool with me. It’s expected, it’s their home. But at least do it with a little care, that’s all I’m saying.
(UPDATE: Just to clear up some confusion, and reduce some anger levels for certain people. As I said in the comments sections, curtain rails were originally fitted with the property, but the tenant said their “expensive” curtains required custom railings, so they replaced the original ones with their own. It’s not a HUGE deal because I know those holes won’t be visible when a railing goes back up. However, it’s still annoying knowing that they ripped the plasterboard in the process of removing their stupid custom rails!)
The strange thing was that there are holes literally scattered everywhere, mostly in places which didn’t seem logical. For example, those 4 holes next to the radiator, what the hell are they about? I couldn’t understand why the hell anyone would need holes in that location. It was just weird.
I also noticed there were more than your average amount of photo frames hung up on the wall, so I’m anticipating greater levels of damage. I dared not look under the frames to see how they were hung up- I was already depressed/scared enough. I’m just praying to God he used proper photo nails because they usually leave minimal damage.
There are so many alternative and friendly solutions to hanging up inanimate objects that don’t require drilling holes in walls these days. Why not try them, aye?
Holes in the walls are NOT “wear and tear”
I’d just like to make it clear (in case anyone is reading this for informational purposes), putting holes in walls is NOT classed as “fair wear and tear” – there is nothing natural about forcing a drill through plaster. The tenant is responsible for repairing any holes he or she has made, even if that means using the security deposit to do so.
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