House left grotty
WHEN Natalie Kildey had her Maryborough home valued in early 2008, she never imagined it would be worth $30,000 to $40,000 less in one year’s time.
But that’s exactly what has happened – and it had nothing to do with the economic downturn.
Ms Kildey says it’s all thanks to “tenants from hell.”
“There’s cigarette burns in the new carpets, the walls are filthy and the yard is a pigsty.
“To me, it’s liked they’ve walked out and never cleaned it.
“There’s even holes in the ceilings. How do you get holes in the ceilings?”
Ms Kildey started privately renting out the Gayndah Road house to four acquaintances in May 2008 when she and her partner got new jobs in Emerald.
“Funnily enough, we knew of them because they used to do a lot of maintenance work for my mother, who left me the house.
“We trusted them and thought they’d do the right thing.”
Ms Kildey said for the first few months everything was fine. The warning bells started to ring soon after, however, when the tenants starting missing payments.
“Before they moved in we had the carpets replaced and the walls painted so we asked them not to smoke or keep their dogs – bull mastiffs – in the house.
“Sure enough when I came for an inspection, there was evidence they’d been smoking and letting the dogs inside.
“They painted walls, put up shelves and ruined the bedroom walls with hooks and nails.
“Then about a month ago I got a phone call asking if the house was back up for rent again.
“They’d moved out without any notice and left it looking like a bombsite.
“I haven’t been able to get in touch with any of them since.”
Ms Kildey returned to Maryborough this week to fix up the house for the arrival of her new tenants.
“I was going to put it on the market but I’ve had it revalued and it’s worth $30 to $40,000 less than it was a year ago.
“The real estate’s found me new tenants on conditions I tidy the house up. I’m a bit nervous but hopefully this time round, everything will be OK.
“This experience has really made me wonder how many other people this has happened to.
“One thing’s for sure: I’ll never rent out privately again.”