December 1st, 2012
A Prince Rupert Landlord Has A Warning For All British Columbia Landlords After Her Rental Property Has Been Left In a Shambles
This is a a story all BC landlords should read. It’s a ‘wake-up’ to make sure you conduct proper tenant screening.
Okay, Tell Me What Happened
A Prince Rupert landlord is facing thousands of dollars in losses due to bad tenants. The landlord is issuing a warning to others to make sure they do thorough tenant screening before handing over the key to their property.
The landlord says:
“I think a lot of people have had a similar situation happen, but haven’t wanted to speak about it.”
She continued by saying:
“If you have new tenants, you could be in for a surprise.”
It’s a warning this landlord hopes other landlords listen to. She says “be careful of who you rent to.” We’ve seen this warning before.
What Type of Shape Was the Property In Before the Tenants Moved In?
The 2-story rental house was renovated before being rented out. It was in terrific condition. It even had all new appliances.
What Did The Tenants Do?
After two years of living there, the tenants left the place in a shambles. This is why the landlord wants to warn others.
What Were the Damages?
The damages to the rental property were extensive. They include:
1. The Appliances
All the new appliances were destroyed. Totally unsalvageable. The dishwasher leaks water. The two year old stove has had all the wires ripped out. The refrigerator won’t keep anything cool.
2. The Walls
Paint is chipped off everywhere. There are holes in the drywall. Even the light switches have been torn off.
The fan in the bathroom was ripped down and now mould is growing all over.
4. Electricity and Wiring
With wires being torn out, only half of the house has working electricity. It could have been caused by the tenants having a grow op.
Despite the lease saying the house was a ‘no smoking’ rental, the tenants smoked inside. The whole house now reeks of old cigarette smoke.
And added with all these damages, the tenants left owing $1,300 of rent.
Yes. The landlord says it’s terrible what they did.
What Does the Landlord Want to Say to Other BC Landlords?
The landlord want to tell other landlords to make sure they do proper tenant screening, including credit checks. If someone wants to rent your house, vet them thoroughly.
And if you are a landlord you have to know the laws and the rules and make sure you keep tabs on your tenants and make sure they aren’t destroying your home. If you don’t have the time to do this make sure you hire a terrific property management company.