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Tenant who caused £20,000 of damage escapes with community order

Posted by on November 22, 2011

A tenant who ran off after smashing up his rental home and leaving £20,000 of damage has been given an 18 month community order and 300 hours of unpaid work.

The sentence has failed to impress landlord Glenn Schofield, who said the sentence would not deter other vandals.

Mr Schofield had spent months going through the courts to get an eviction order but his tenant smashed it up in anger at being asked to leave.

The landlord spent £2,000 cleaning the house, while his insurer quoted another £18,500 to repair further damage, including replacing broken kitchen fittings and appliances.

Sue Jacobs, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court that paint had been thrown over walls and the fireplace, with ‘extensive damage’ in every room. She said: “The banister had been completely ripped off, paint had been thrown over the walls and fireplace, doors were smashed and windows broken.”

Judge Howard Crowson told Lee Davis that he wanted to make him foot the bill but could not as the teenager had no money. Judge Crowson said: “I wish I could make you pay for the damage you have done. I can’t. But I note it is your intention to obtain paid employment and, perhaps, the insurers will pursue you then.”

Mr Schofield said the sentence could encourage other vandals. He said: “It is a very disappointing situation.”

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We also provide Accidental Damage to the buildings by the tenant as standard. Accidental Damage for contents is another optional extra we provide.

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Source: www.landlordtoday.co.uk

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