News

Dirty nappies, food: Tenants from hell trash home

DISGUSTED: Home owner Tannyth Shackell looks on at the Dirty Nappies, rubbish and food scraps left behind by tenants in her Gatton rental property.
DISGUSTED: Home owner Tannyth Shackell looks on at the Dirty Nappies, rubbish and food scraps left behind by tenants in her Gatton rental property. Ali Kuchel

DIRTY nappies, sanitary pads and off food, not exactly how you expect to find your rental property once the tenants vacate.

But that's what Lockyer Valley couple Tannyth and Trevor Shackell found in their Gatton rental last week after their tenants lease was not renewed for failing to pay rent and water usage.

The house had been rented to a young job-seeking couple since October 2015 but according to Mrs Shackell, the eviction didn't go down too well.

"They told me they were doing cleaning and fixing everything but they did absolutely nothing, they just trashed it," she said.

Upon re-entering their home, Mrs Shackell said the house was full of rubbish, old food, cigarette butts and ear buds were everywhere and the house smelled like rat urine.

"I was so angry and devastated because now we've got to clean up their mess," she said.

"Now it's going to be repairing all the doors they've ripped off, replacing the blinds they've broken, cleaning up all the rubbish and doing full bond clean and restoring the back yard."

The tenants recently appeared at the Ipswich Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal over owing seven weeks of rent and three quarterly bills of overdue water rates.

They owe $2748 in overdue rates and water bills and the bills for cleaning, disposals and maintenance are yet to be finalised.

During their clean-up on the weekend, Mrs Shackell said they removed half a ton of rubbish from the property.

"We are appalled that we have given a young couple a go who are on welfare and then get treated like this and have the house trashed," she said.

"We work hard and pay taxes just so they can destroy our property."

The Residential Tenancies Authority CEO Darren Barlow said tenants were required to keep rental properties clean, undamaged and return them in the same condition at the end of the tenancy - apart from general wear and tear.

"During their tenancy, tenants are required to keep to the terms of their tenancy agreement which includes paying rent, and other charges listed in the tenancy agreement like water consumption costs, on time," Mr Barlow said.

Mr Barlow said tenants could not be fined for leaving leaving a premises in an unclean condition however if the bond was insufficient, property owners could apply to the QCAT for compensation for out-of-pocket expenses.

Topics:  lockyer valley re-investment rta tenants from hell



'Obsessive stalker' jailed in Gympie court

STALKER: A Gympie court has jailed a man described as an obsessive stalker after he repeatedly offended against his former girlfriend

Man gets further jail for continued stalking of his ex-girlfriend

Inskip sinkhole drama relived on TV

Footage captured at the scene of the sink hole opening up at Inskip Point in 2015.

'No one knew who I was - They thought I was stealing their beer.'

Man escapes from wreck after rollover

Emergency crews have responded to a single car crash.

Emergency crews respond to single car crash north of Woolooga.

Local Partners

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy a slick, impressive effort

New Uncharted game for PS4 hits the shelves

Bride and Prejudice's Chris reveals more family heartache

Grant and Chris feature on the TV series Bride & Prejudice. Supplied by Channel 7.

His dad’s health has dealt a massive blow to their happy life

Nicole's ready to bust out of Doctor Doctor's love triangle

Nicole da Silva stars in season two of Doctor Doctor.

New season gets a fresh injection of relationship dilemmas.

MOVIE REVIEW: Tom Cruise flying high again in drug drama

Tom Cruise plays pilot Barry Seal in the movie American Made.

FILM STAR delivers his best performance in some time.

The Project will now be on six nights a week

The Project presenters Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar.

The Project is expanding with a Sunday night edition and a new host.

Click your fingers, tap your toes

Helen Peters, Elisabeth Wallis-Gaedtke, Evalee Sharples and Kemal Avunduk rehearse for Fascinating Rhythm, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir's performance of hot jazz, sizzling samba, Latin beats and smooth swing sounds at Lake Kawana Community Centre on August 26-27.

Libby to set beat for Fascinating Rhythm this weekend

Margot Robbie is unrecognisable in London

Margot, is that really you?

MARGOT Robbie looks completely unrecognisable as Queen Elizabeth I.

REVEALED: New shops for Coast centre's $12million revamp

Coast retail centre expands as part of $12million refurbishment

FREE: Guide to Gympie's hottest suburbs in The Gympie Times

Look out for SOLD ON in The Gympie Times on Wednesday.

The first Gympie edition of Sold On is in today's Gympie Times.

Residents fear sand mine sell out by State Minister

Sand mine opponents attend the Nambour Council Chambers.Cou

Further testing undertaken on site, despite claims of significance

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m