Nobody that ever bought property and decided to rent it out to others has ever said for one moment that they thought it was going to be easy or fun all of the time.
Also, nobody can ever really expect when they rent somewhere to get every single dime of their security deposit back but it’s almost a duty to try to leave a place you are renting in as good of a condition as you found it.
That’s the way I always tried to operate whenever I rented a place. Matter of fact, a good portion of the last week that was spent in a place I rented once was dedicated to cleaning it and running a carpet shampooer across the living room floor.
On the other side of the coin there are people that make it a point to trash a place as much as possible on their way out. For example, there was a landlord that I rented the top floor of a duplex from many years ago. He was a nice guy that was just trying to do right and would go out of his way to do things at times he really didn’t need to.
The first person that lived below me in the year or so that I lived there was this guy who from the moment that I moved in was apparently under the threat of eviction and was in the middle of eviction proceedings when I moved in. Well, one day he ended up moving out and leaving what could be considered a horrific dump of an apartment.
I went in there to help the landlord cleanup and to best describe the scene it looked like the guy that was moving out took everything that had something in it and turned it upside down. It was sickening…
In this case, a landlord named Thomas Ravaux had to deal with a pretty unsavory tenant situation.
When the occupants didn’t pay rent for 14 months, he decided to pay them a visit and discovered things in utter shambles. The family had left the apartment — and a whole mess behind.
Thomas contacted his lawyer and then called for a dump truck.
It’s almost unbelievable the condition the apartment was in. Thomas took photos and posted the images to Facebook, writing: “This is how this flat was returned to me. Living like that with three kids, bravo. Not to mention the food that has gone bad in the fridge. Food offered to you by restaurant owners from their heart! Shame on you. Good luck to your new landlord.”
While the living conditions were deplorable and Thomas felt bad for any children living in these conditions, he felt it important to teach the tenants a lesson so they wouldn’t ruin someone else’s property.
He told France Info that the mess they left behind was jaw dropping, so he packed up the garbage and broken furniture and other miscellaneous stuff in a dump truck and dropped it on his former tenants’ new doorstep.
He explained the conditions the tenants left behind, sharing: “It was carnage inside. Everything was totally destroyed. The carpet is messed up, there are holes in the walls, all the paintwork needs re-doing, and we will need to disinfect it all. The smell is unbearable. I had a legal representative witness the damage before we emptied the place.”
Thomas continued: “I loaded everything into a dumpster and brought them back home… I met the authorities and we talked… For now, I’m not worried… The old tenants had to clear the sidewalk and bring everything to the dump Tuesday night. Everything is cleaned.”
Thomas got a lot of support for his actions, explaining: “I’ve received a lot of reactions, all in my favor. Everyone supports me!”
It’s easy to see why people would back him on this, as the video shows a dump truck brimming with junk at his former tenants new home — as he gives them their stuff back, by dumping out the entire contents of the truck on their front step!
Among the many comments people left on his Facebook post were those who applauded Thomas’ payback, with notes such as: “That is awesome!! Good way to get them back” and “Congrats sir! It’s shameful to leave a good in such a state, lack of total respect.”