If you are a landlord, it doesn’t matter whether you have one property on the rental market or many, when tenants move on and leave a mess behind, it’s always a nuisance. You may have other tenants waiting to move in, and you need to get the place ready for them, and who knows what you will find when you open the door for the first time. Although landlords hold a deposit from a tenant to cover accidental damage and reparation costs, and specialist landlord insurance to cover the rest of the problems, it isn’t always a matter of money – putting a property back to rights takes time and effort.
The damage that tenants can do
I read recently of a case where a landlord took back his keys, and found that every bit of saleable material had been removed from his property which had been thoroughly renovated before the tenants moved in. They had taken kitchen units, bathroom fittings (including the bath), boiler, radiators, copper piping, even the light bulbs and some of the light fittings. I think that must have been very upsetting and puts a whole new meaning on moving house! In return for the saleable items, the tenants had kindly left an almighty mess, unpaid bills and a bogus forwarding address. Nice!
In another case, a landlord discovered that his tenants had been running a cannabis farm in the attic, and many of the rooms had been sub-let for multiple occupancy, leaving each one trashed, rubbish-filled and in need of extensive repairs before the place could be let again.
Manchester Stock Exchange
Have you fallen victim to squatters? There was a great deal of publicity recently when the Manchester stock exchange building owned by footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, which was due to be converted into a boutique hotel, was occupied by housing and human rights activists ‘Manchester Angels’. The two footballers have magnanimously allowed their ‘guests’ to stay for the coldest part of the winter, which is a great gesture. However, not everyone can afford to let their property be occupied by strangers who don’t pay rent, so if you’ve had uninvited guests, call on the Gumamah network of clearance experts to help put the situation to rights once those guests have gone on somewhere else.
Call the experts
Do you let your property to students? They can be notorious for leaving behind broken furniture, mess and detritus when they leave at the end of the academic year, so don’t struggle to cope, call on the Gumamah network for help. Our members are all approved and work quickly to get the mess cleared away and disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
Renovating a property to get it onto the rental market often leaves builders’ rubble and waste materials that can be difficult to dispose of properly – the Gumamah network of rubbish removal specialists deal with these types of materials every day, so one phone call and your problem is solved.
Don’t struggle to cope – there are cost-effective, eco-friendly and expert pairs of hands available to you, and they’re just a phone call or an email away.