Rental nightmare: Alf's home a squalor after eviction
IT WAS meant to be an investment for his future, but Alf Blana's Anderleigh home is now a costly shamble.
The three-bedroom house has been littered with everything from food packaging and broken toys, to cigarette butts and needles.
The mess is the aftermath of a family of six who were evicted from the house with notice last week for rent arrears.
The tenants lived in the house for more than two years and Mr Blana said his real estate agent hadn't given him any indication there was a problem.
However when he inspected the house at the termination of the lease, he found a pile of cigarette butts on the veranda and built-up scum on the kitchen and laundry floor.
A stale odour still lingers inside and he found discarded broken toys, socks and underwear.
He said conditions were worse until Monday, when the tenants returned to clear belongings and some rubbish - but Mr Blana said to get into the home they allegedly broke the laundry door.
"We thought they were good tenants," Mr Blana said.
"We busted our guts to get this (house) ... and now it's getting bloody knocked around."
Mr Blana, who is retired, and friend Iola Atterwell now face a large-scale clean-up, which will include scrubbing stained block walls.
"It's going to be a lot of money for cleaning," Mr Blana said.
What's worse for Mr Blana is the tenants were a month behind in rent.
He said while forfeited bond would cover the unpaid rent, the cost of cleaning,
repairs and restoration around the 16-hectare property would have to come from his own pocket.
The stress of the tenancy stems back to February and has included trips to the Residential Tenancies Author
ity about late rent and the state of the home after Mr Blana saw its degraded condition.
He said no matter how hard he had tried it seemed the law was on the tenants' side, with little help available to him to rectify issues.
"It's been in court twice and case dismissed," he said.
And as for what will happen when the six-year-old home is cleared and cleaned, Mr Blana said it will be sold.
"It's too much drama, I won't rent again."
Australianpropertyforum.com says reckless tenants cost landlords tens of thousands of dollars a year.
Cases fielded by the nation's biggest tenant database, TICA, reveal houses strewn with rubbish, walls and ceilings left with gaping holes and marijuana growing in rooms.
The Queensland Government introduced a national "black list" in 2003 naming people who breached tenancy agreements.