To Whom It May Concern
Mr Taylor has been renting my house for about 4 and a half months – I don’t know the exact dates. He signed the Tenancy Agreement with N&M lettings – my letting agents at the time. The tenancy agreement was dated 1st of September 2017 which was impossible because N&M Lettings didn’t get the keys to the property until the 13th of September.
So I am unsure when Mr Taylor moved in. Also I am unsure of the date that he left. He never gave any notice, didn’t hand in any keys and certainly never cleaned up before he left.
Indeed I don’t believe Mr Taylor ever cleaned the property. Against my wishes he brought a dog into the house. A seventeen year old dog whom he left alone every day. Mr Taylor was reported to the RSPCA because the dog was whimpering sadly each day, obviously very distressed.
When I gained entry I discovered an excrement-laden blanket in the dining room. The place smelt of dog, dog poo, sweaty socks, unwashed clothes and stale cigarette smoke. Imagine that smell brewing for about 4 and a half months without opening a window.
Dog hairs were everywhere – encrusted on the window sills and trodden into every carpet.
In fairness, most of the dog poo was outside in the back yard
The bathroom was the cleanest room in the house – although I didn’t realise that limescale in a toilet could be such an extremely dark shade. In fact, I don’t think Mr Taylor had had a bath or a shower since Christmas. I am discerning this because I found a pair of knickers in the bath which I assume belonged to his partner who moved out around that time
The member of staff from Selective Licensing who called round with me when I got access said that he had seen worse! Worse apparently was a house where the toilet was chock full of shit. The sink was full of the same and the bath was half full of it. Apparently this person couldn’t get the toilet to work so was shovelling the shit into the other receptacles while he carried on doing his business. So in his favour I think Mr Taylor was not the worst tenant I could have got. Although having said that he was only in for 4 and a half months and the toilet was working all the time.
In conclusion, if you wish to have Mr Taylor as a tenant then also be prepared for neighbours complaining about the smell (drugs also can be added to the mix), unpaid bills, your carpets and other household items ruined and your property left in a state that animals would never live in.