‘Never again’: Lockyer landlord’s renters from hell
TWO goats and a pair of “very large” dogs ripped through a country cottage, leaving the place reeking of a stench so foul even vinegar could not tame it.
But, with mountains of repairs to address, the smell was just the beginning.
A Lockyer Valley couple have vowed they will no longer rent out their property, following a string of nightmare tenants who have left their cottage in need of thousands of dollars worth of repairs.
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To protect the identity of the former tenants, the couple will remain anonymous.
Two years ago, the pair rented a cottage on their farm to a trio who claimed their home had just been sold.
“(The lodgers) came with the story that their landlord had sold their rented house while they were on holiday and they had three days to move out,” the man who leased the property said.
“I loaned them my ute to move their furniture and clothes and, for the first few weeks, everything was normal.”
It didn’t take long for the situation to turn sour.
“They started to get behind on the rent … then the sob story started,” the owner said.
“There were all sorts of stories – you name it, I’ve heard it.”
No permission had been given for the tenants to keep pets when the owners realised the cottage was also housing four animals, including two goats and two dogs.
“The goat manure covered the bedroom floor and the other bedroom was worse,” he said.
“I had to take up all the carpets and underlay because even soaking the concrete slab with vinegar didn’t remove the stench.”
When they realised what was taking place in the cottage, the couple asked the lodgers to leave, but said they were initially met with threats.
When they finally vacated the property, the lodgers left behind their two dogs and a “massive clean-up”.
“They left a $1200 power bill, owed $2000 in rent and the cost to repair the damage was over $3000,” the owner said.
“I got a call from a lady in Cairns who found out they had rented from us … She had the same story – they trashed her place and disappeared owing a lot of money.”
The couple said, of five different lots of tenants, only the first two had left the property in a reasonable condition, while the others left the cottage in need of “major repairs” and repainting.
“We don’t need the money – it was rented to help people who needed a home,” the owner said.
“Instead of being grateful, they abused our generosity, left the property in a hell of a mess and cost us more than the rent ever covered. Never again”
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