A ‘disgusting’ home occupied by a woman dubbed the ‘tenant from hell’ will cost £25,000 to repair now she has been evicted, a landlord claims.
The property in Hull, has holes in the walls, smashed windows, and ripped up floorboards.
Interior pictures show radiators ripped from walls lying on top of mounds of rubbish, debris on the smashed hob, and a bathroom in tatters.
Landlord Phil Withnall, who owns P&J Properties, estimates it will cost around £25,000 to repair all the damage.
A home occupied by the ‘tenant from hell’ will cost £25,000 to repair now she has been evicted
The mother-of-five Katie Bentley reportedly did not pay her rent for six months prior to her eviction
It had previously been occupied by mother-of-five Katie Bentley, who Mr Withnall has described as the ‘tenant from hell’.
Mr Withnall said she allowed the home to be infiltrated by squatters and claims she did not pay rent for the last six months she was living there.
He said he had even offered Miss Bentley £500 to leave and changed the locks multiple times.
However, Miss Bentley said she was being beaten in her own home by ‘smackheads’ who broke in when she spent a week in prison in October last year.
Speaking in January this year, Miss Bentley said: ‘While I was in prison my windows got smashed by smackheads.
‘All the loud noises the neighbours hear is me getting beaten up. It’s me shouting for help.
‘I’ve not been staying at this house. I’ve been staying anywhere I can because I’ve been too scared to go back to the house.
‘People go round and let themselves in because the landlord won’t secure the locks. They climb in and out and they have nicked all my baby’s toys.’
In January, Miss Bentley claimed ‘smackheads’ were occupying her home and beating her up
Landlord Phil Withnall, who owns P&J Properties, offered Miss Bentley £500 to leave the property in Hull
Neighbours are ‘ecstatic’ and celebrating the departure of the ‘tenant from hell’ who reportedly kept them up at night
Yesterday, Mr Withnall was finally able to discover the true extent of the damage caused to the home after fast-tracking Miss Bentley’s eviction.
After securing an eviction notice through the county court, Mr Withnall went to the High Court to apply for private bailiffs to speed up the process.
At 3.30pm on Friday the bailiffs arrived at the house, supported by officers from Humberside Police, to find the house empty aside from the mess.
Mr Withnall has now changed the locks. If Miss Bentley returns to the property it will be considered a criminal offence.
The landlord said he has tried to enter the property prior to February 27 but said his key would not fit in the lock.
Mr Withnall said he arrived at the house with bailiffs and the officers, and although he understood the house would have been left a mess, nothing prepared him from the sight of what awaited him.
He said: ‘I knew it was going to be bad, but it was worse than I imagined.
‘We had a look in the windows but obviously couldn’t see what was upstairs or anything. The place is horrendous.
‘There are copper pipes and the central heating boiler missing, the taps were left on, the floorboards had been ripped up. She wasn’t there.
‘I’ve been renting out for 25 years and have had nothing like this.’
Mr Withnall said an estimated £25,000 worth of damage had been done to the property, which he will now have to cover with his insurance.
Mr Withnall said: ‘I’ve been renting for 25 years and have had nothing like this’
Bailiffs and police arrived at the house on Friday to find it empty aside from the mess
He believes it will take around two months to get the house back in order.
Mr Withnall said: ‘The insurance company have already taken statements before today and they knew what was happening.
‘An assessor will come next week and assess the damage and we will get quotations to start turning it around.’
While all of this is taking place, Mr Withnall is still losing money.
He claimed Miss Bentley had not paid rent for six months prior to her eviction, but he is glad she is now gone for the neighbours’ sake.
Mr Withnall said: ‘She was a nightmare tenant and a nightmare neighbour. I am pleased for all the neighbours this has come to an end, and they are pleased for me.
‘It is just one of those things. She went for two years and there wasn’t a problem but you’ve got to be careful.’
Neighbours having to put up with Miss Bentley’s alleged rowdy antics previously described her as ‘the neighbour from hell’.
They were desperate for her to leave the street and even said they would throw a party if she ever left.
Now, after months of battling to remove her from the neighbourhood, a mum-of-four who lives near to Miss Bentley said residents are ‘ecstatic’ and over the moon following her eviction.
One neighbour said: ‘The mood is brilliant in the street and everyone just seems a lot more chilled out now.
‘No-one is worried about what will happen and whether it is going to kick off at night.
‘We said we’d have a street party and nothing has been arranged yet but I’m sure something will be done. Even if it’s just a meet in the street for a drink we will celebrate.
‘I didn’t think this day would come and I’m only sad that this has all happened while I’ve been on maternity leave as it made it all very stressful.’