Landlord almost in tears after tenants trash home (photos)

A stunned landlord said he "nearly cried" when he saw what nightmare tenants had done to his house.

Daniel Needes, from Bridgend in Wales, had rented the house out for two years.

He told Wales Online that the home had been in "immaculate condition" - after it was renovated by his late father and had been kitted out with new appliances.

But Daniel said that less than two years later the tenants suddenly moved out without notice and he discovered the property had been completely trashed.

Daniel, a single father, said: 

I went down to the house as soon as I could and that's when I saw what they’d done. To be honest, when I first saw it I nearly cried. They had completely trashed it.

He claims he only found out the family had left when he received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions - which paid the rent directly to Daniel - saying payments had stopped because he was no longer their landlord.

In the kitchen, the tenants had left so many plastic carrier bags, crushed boxes, binbags and empty food containers that the floor was completely hidden. Junk was piled high in the sink, a greasy fryer was left on the side and a chest freezer half-filled with defrosted food was left wide open.

Daniel said the family had left rotting food in the kitchen, bathroom and in bags that were strewn throughout the house as well as prescription medication including tablets and inhalers.

But despite the time and money needed to put the house back in a rentable condition, Daniel hasn't been put off letting 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 others know to be wary in the future.
I'll get the house back into a good condition and then rent it out, this hasn't put me off. But I'm definitely going to be more cautious in the future.

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