Tenant Defaults on Rent, Wrecks Rental Unit in First 10 Weeks

by Chris on June 13, 2011

Landlord Stuck With Toxic Clean Up

It only takes one bad tenant to drain a landlord’s profits. 
That’s a lesson one landlord learned this week when he discovered his tenant was running an illegal business out of the rental property.  Fortunately the tenant moved out voluntarily, but the landlord is left with the clean up bill.
The landlord asked the tenant to leave after the man stopped paying rent.  But when the landlord drove by to check on his property, he found the place in shambles. The trash scattered around the yard included several two-liter bottles with a suspicious white residue.  Police called to the scene then discovered tubing, dissected batteries and lantern fuel, and identified the trash as the remains of a meth lab.
According to a local news report, the police captain investigating the scene said the tenant made little effort to hide anything, bringing into focus the need for periodic property inspections.  However, in this case the tenant had been on the property for only two and a half months.
A special task force had to be alerted to remove volatile ingredients and prevent further safety risks. Police found evidence linking the tenant’s name to the illegal operation, so an arrest is imminent.  But police told a reporter that it likely will be the landlord who will pay the cost of the clean up.
Bad tenants come from all walks of life and in all shapes and sizes.  The only way to weed them out is to conduct tenant background checks each and every time you lease a property.  Follow that up by speaking with the previous landlord.
This one certainly would have something to say!
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Nancy Mitchell June 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

We are currently dealing with a deadbeat renter, who for approximately two years,
has been inconsistent with rent, brought onwanted guests in, damaged the outside with holes in the land from her dog, which she will not get off her rear end to walk. God for bid she should go outside in the winter to walk her rotweiler mix, just have a leash out side the door and clip it to him to he can urinate on the trees, killing one and partial damage to another, not to mention the deep holes doug in the the lawn and around the perimeters of the building itself. And, as for taking garbage out just
throw it out the back door. Any old fridges, or electrical that they have broken just
toss it on the property. (As it is a small farm, they consider its okay to dump the above mentioned on the property, what the hell the landlord can deal with it.)On many occasions we have stopped in to get the rent, and she makes sure she is conveniently not there at the time. Last week my partner in the rental, went down to do some work on the building, and knocked on the door several times. He knew she was there. This Friday we both went down, her car was there but, would not answer the door, so we went in and where was she, hidding behind the upstairs bedroom door. She was upset that we were in the house, after not paying rent for two months, we had a eviction notice from the landlord tenant act to present her with, as we wanted to have her out by the end of the month. So, she threatened to, and did call the police, which worked out better for us as they presented the notice to her.
But, even after that the police were doubtful that she would leave by set date. I have heard horror stories from realestate agents, and other renters about the nighmare in getting them out. This should not be. If you rent a hotel, and if you don’t pay your out. Just read the back of the door. This should apply to renters also.

Landlords, defintely need more on there side. A registery would be a great idea.

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