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Landlord left with £10,000 bill after tenants went ‘on rampage’

PUBLISHED: 11:52 05 March 2020 | UPDATED: 14:04 09 March 2020

John Etheridge's flat in Stalham which has been left in a bad state by tenants. Byline: Sonya Duncan (C) Archant 2020

John Etheridge's flat in Stalham which has been left in a bad state by tenants. Byline: Sonya Duncan (C) Archant 2020

Archant 2020

A landlord claims tenants went on a “rampage” at his flat making it uninhabitable.

John Etheridge's flat in Stalham which has been left in a bad state by tenants. Byline: Sonya Duncan (C) Archant 2020John Etheridge's flat in Stalham which has been left in a bad state by tenants. Byline: Sonya Duncan (C) Archant 2020

John Etheridge said the tenants at his Stalham flat, who were paying £525 a month, ripped off the underside of the sink, the handles off the windows and the vinyl covering on the kitchen floor.

Mr Etheridge, who lives in Millside, Stalham, fears it could cost about £10,000 to return the flat to the way it used to be.

He said a couple had been living at the flat at Teresa Court, Campingfield Lane, on a short-term lease for about two years, The tenancy was in the woman's name and she was evicted through the courts using a section 21 notice last month, he said.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), which has a duty to ensure standards are maintained within private rented accommodations, has issued him with an improvement notice to the flat, which he must carry out or else face a fine.

How the flat in Teresa Court, Stalham used to look. Pictures: John Etheridge How the flat in Teresa Court, Stalham used to look. Pictures: John Etheridge

Mr Etheridge, who rents out two flats in Stalham, said: "The council has sided with the tenants. Most of the things I have to make improvements to at the flat, were caused by them.

"I no longer have any water or electricity at the flat, and they flooded the kitchen. The flat was in a lovely state before they moved in, and then they went on a rampage. There was a brand-new carpet, which now needs replacing. They replaced the doors and then wrote them off. My heart is breaking.

"I'm disgusted. The tenants need to be held responsible. The only way I might get any compensation money is through the small claims court."

A spokesman for NNDC said it could not comment on individual cases.

John Etheridge's flat in Stalham which has been left in a bad state by tenants. Byline: Sonya Duncan (C) Archant 2020John Etheridge's flat in Stalham which has been left in a bad state by tenants. Byline: Sonya Duncan (C) Archant 2020


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