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The risks of renting your house instead of selling

November 12, 2010

No, this not a reenactment. This is the real deal. I took these photos earlier today of a client’s duplex. His tenant abandoned the unit late at night about a week ago.

The scary thing is there is sufficient evidence to support the idea that this tenant was actually living in the property in this condition. Clearly, the water and power had been turned off for a long time at this address. Millions of maggots are pouring out of the refrigerator and flies are swarming. Everywhere you look there is food rotting on counters, in cabinets and all over the floor.

tenant trashes home

tenant trashes home

Next time you think of renting out your home think about the risks. This duplex brought the owner about $450 per month in rental income, but the clean up is probably going to cost several thousand dollars. A professional cleaning company will now need to be hired as it is unsafe to enter the property without a Hazmat suit and breather.

tenant trashes home

tenant trashes home

These photos were shot with my cell phone camera so they aren’t very high quality. To be honest the stench and flies were so overpowering that it was hard to keep my hands still long enough to take good photos. And I didn’t take pictures of the refrigerator because I was afraid to open it. Maggots were spilling out since the door was partially open.

tenant trashes home

tenant trashes home

tenant trashes home

tenant trashes home

tenant trashes home

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