Landlord ‘nearly cried’ when tenants wrecked his three-bed house and fled leaving rotting food, junk, torn wallpaper and prescription drugs

  • The tenants suddenly left the property, without giving Daniel Needes any notice 
  • Daniel was shocked to discover the state of the house after the family had fled 
  • He discovered rotting food, holes in walls, prescription drugs and other rubbish
  • The property had been in an ‘immaculate condition’ thanks to Daniel’s late father 

A landlord has revealed he ‘nearly cried’ when he discovered the shocking mess left behind by his nightmare tenants.

Daniel Needes, from Bridgend, Wales had been renting out his three-bed house in the Pont-y-Rhyl area to a family from January 2018 until the end of 2019, for £550 a month.

The property had been in ‘immaculate condition’ before the family moved in, having been completely renovated by his late father, and had also been kitted out with new appliances.

But Daniel said the tenants suddenly moved out without notice and he discovered the property had been completely trashed, leaving behind rotting food in bags throughout the house, torn wallpaper and even prescription drugs. 


The shocking condition a landlord’s house was left in by tenants, with Daniel Needes saying he nearly cried when he saw it

Shocking photos show that wallpaper had been torn down, walls had been left with holes in them and doors were broken

Daniel, a single father, said: ‘I went down to the house as soon as I could and that’s when I saw what they’d done.

‘To be honest, when I first saw it I nearly cried. They had completely trashed it. The house stank. They had turned it into a rubbish tip.’

In the kitchen, the tenants had left so many plastic carrier bags, crushed boxes, binbags and empty food containers that the floor was completely hidden. 

Junk was piled high in the sink, a greasy fryer was left on the side and a chest freezer half-filled with defrosted food was left wide open.

Daniel said the family had left rotting food in the kitchen, bathroom and in bags that were strewn throughout the house as well as prescription medication including tablets and inhalers.

Shocking photos show that wallpaper had been torn down, walls had been left with holes in them, doors were broken and the once-cream carpet was covered with dirt and black stains.

The tenants had also left behind heaps of unwanted belongings such as clothes and toys throughout the house. 


Daniel said the family had left rotting food in the kitchen, bathroom and in bags that were strewn throughout the house

The tenants had also left behind large piles of unwanted belongings such as clothes and toys

Bin bags were left throughout the house and the once clean carpet was covered in dirt and stains

Daniel said the tenants also racked up around £1,000 in arrears on the gas and electricity meters which had cut off

In one room, a giant pink dolls house can be seen among the clutter while in another, black sheets and a cartoon-themed duvet have been left on a child’s bed.

Daniel said he envisages repair work will be in the thousands.

‘The house needs stripping,’ he said. ‘I’ve spent hundreds just having the house and garden emptied and I don’t think anything is salvageable.

‘It’s a disgrace.’

The family hadn’t told him they’d left and he only realised when he received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions – which paid the rent directly to Daniel – saying payments had stopped because he was no longer their landlord. 

For Daniel, the hardest thing has been seeing his father’s hard work go to waste.


The once-cream carpet was covered with dirt and black stains and rotting food and junk was strewn throughout the house

In one room, a giant pink dolls house can be seen among the clutter while in another, black sheets and a cartoon-themed duvet have been left on a child’s bed

He said: ‘He spent five years doing it up and it was immaculate, it looked like a show home.

‘He passed shortly afterwards. I was planning on moving back into the house but I had to move in with my mother so I decided to let it out.

‘I’m just glad he isn’t here to see the state they’ve left it in as that would crush him.’

Daniel said the tenants also racked up around £1,000 in arrears on the gas and electricity meters which had cut off.

But despite the time and money needed to put the house back in a rentable condition, Daniel hasn’t been put off letting his property.

He said: ‘I don’t know where I went wrong. I think there should be some sort of database where landlords can upload evidence against tenants so others know to be wary in the future.

‘I’ll get the house back into a good condition and then rent it out, this hasn’t put me off. But I’m definitely going to be more cautious in the future.’

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