Landlord left with a £10,000 bill after house was trashed

A devastated landlord who fought a legal battle to regain possession of her rental property was left with a £10,000 bill after it was left trashed and covered in animal faeces.

Angela Leeming, 62, a grandmother-of-one, found dog and cat faeces on the furniture and mounds of litter piled high in every room.

The tenant, a single mother-of-three in her 30s, also left the house with alcohol bottles strewn everywhere, as well as mouldy food and old clothes lying around.

Angela Leeming, 62, a grandmother-of-one, found dog and cat faeces on the furniture and mounds of litter piled high in every room

Angela Leeming, 62, a grandmother-of-one, found dog and cat faeces on the furniture and mounds of litter piled high in every room

Mrs Leeming's three-bed terrace house was left in a filthy state by the tenant who lived there

Mrs Leeming's three-bed terrace house was left in a filthy state by the tenant who lived there

Mrs Leeming's three-bed terrace house was left in a filthy state by the tenant who lived there 

Mrs Leeming spent thousands of pounds with mechanic husband Tom, 63, decorating the three-bed terrace house to a standard she 'would want to live in'.

However the couple from Colne, in Lancashire, have been left with a bill for more than £10,000 in court costs, damage repairs and lost rent since the tenant stopped paying rent in March last year.

She has now been evicted through a court order. 

The first-time landlord is calling for a change in the law to give landlords more power to recoup losses when a house is damaged and to evict problematic tenants quicker.

Mrs Leeming, a mother-of-two, said: 'My husband has had difficulty sleeping and it has put a lot of pressure on him as well as myself.

'The smell in the house is absolutely horrendous. It is awful - the tenant cannot tell me they did not smell it.

'There was animal faeces everywhere. It was on the carpet and draws.

'It had even got into the underlay. I can't see why people would leave it

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