Anybody got and good gross tenant stories? I rented to a booger picker!!

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Im in the middle of this on right now. First off the tenant was 2 months behind on rent and I was starting eviction when I went past and they had moved out in the middle of the night. When I went in the carpet were totaled from the guy working at DQ and walking all the black grease into the carpet then as I got into the clean up deeper I found it! BOOGERS wiped on almost every wall not just one or two but a lot of them. It was like they were collectors or something totally disgusting. The rent and the carpets made me mad but really why would do that to the walls. Now I have to scrape them off. I only have seven units so I'll bet you guys will have a ton of good stories so have fun. Even the gross tenants can't change the fact that we love real estate.

I worked for a property management company in Atlanta during college and a tenant, facing eviction, decided to take it upon himself to flush Quikrete down all of the toilets and sinks and showers throughout the house.  Not as gross as boogers, but a lot harder to clean up.

Wow @William Murrell   your right its not physically gross but it is grossly disrespectful. That had to be a tuff repair. 

Yeah, unfortunately it ended up being easier to tear out and just re-plumb everything.  I know the landlord was livid.  

If you really want to see how gross someone can be, take a look at the Cat Litter House thread here.  It is RIDICULOUS.  Not a tenant, but certainly the grossest thing you'll see as far as foul living conditions.

  Threads like this make me feel better.  I've had some pretty bad carpet disasters, but I've never had to scrape off boogers.  And certainly someone else on here will have something to share, right?

Cleaning out the stack of porn mags after a tenant move out. 

And all sorts of little insects crawling around that the tenants seemed to be keeping in violation of the "no pets" clause :). This happens quite a bit :)

Almost forgot the disrespectful college students who in a drunken stupor stupidly used a sharpie marker on a wall to indelibly describe their condition at time of writing, AKA graffiti inside their unit. And how many "empties" were left behind there ...

@Steve Babiak  Those some fun ones. I thought of the time I had a tenant sign a no smoking lease and when I went in to check a furnace issue he had set up a smoking lounge in the garage for him and his dope smoking buddies, When I called him on it he said it wasn't part of the apartment. He was not asked to resign his lease. I may start  another thread with some of the best tenant stories also I thinks it good to remember the good and the crazy it keeps life exciting.

We have had a couple really gross inherited tenants.

One left over a weekend when they could not pay rent and did not want to get evicted. Besides the nasty carpet stains and general filth in the unit, they left all their dogs' poop in the back patio area, and they left some food in the freezer, and some meat in the kitchen sink. The food had all started to rot. Nasty.

That was not as bad as the young couple we had to evict. First, they left their poor dog in the unit with no food or water, and no power. In Scottsdale. In May. In a heat wave. At least it was still alive, and the guy's parents came and got it. Poor dog had pooped all over the unit, must have been in their several days. Well, in addition, this couple had taken permanent marker and written on the side of the stairs and all over the fridge. They left ALL of their furniture, which was so stained we could not even donate it - had to throw it all out. Left some porn and other gross stuff.  The bathroom was unimaginably dirty. I cannot even do the disgustingness justice. So bad.

I can't beat anyone here on "grossness" but my first eviction involved my first tenants; a older woman, her adult daughter and the daughters two teenage children, one of whom had a baby during the tenancy.

All five skipped out over one weekend leaving me what ended up being 45 bags of garbage.  Thank goodness I went in soon and found they had taken off as the power was off and there was quite a bit of food in the refrigerator.

The room that the daughter with the baby used was the worst; layers of clothes, papers, diapers (new and used) just tossed on the floor.  I ended up cleaning it up with garden rake and gloves; a good thing because as I got down to the last layer there were dozens and dozens of (sorry) used tampon containers.  Once the item in question is placed in the particular body orifice the container is SUPPOSED to be put in the garbage; this young "lady" (and I use the term loosely) simply tossed the item on the floor with the rest of whatever she was living in at the time.


Gail

@Gail K.  - be glad she didn't flush them in the toilet as many tenants tend to do, even AFTER being told not to flush them and having lease provisions that do not permit flushing of such items.  Getting the drain backed up from that is gross, and then when the drain gets snaked you see the gross cause ...

Yes, I've seen it more than once :)

One time we went to go clean out some commercial property that had been used as a used car dealership.  The guy went off the deep end and just walked off one day, leaving the cars and everything right where they were.  We came in to clean it up and there was the usual stuff, ya know, office supplies, trash, papers, files, furniture, etc.  But then one of the people helping out screamed "oh my god! You gotta come see this!" 

There was a room in the back that he had FILLED with sex toys, stacks and stacks of porn, and mirrors on the walls and ceiling over a couch that just.....yeesh.  Nobody knows whatever happened to the guy who just walked off and left everything, but I know for sure why he wouldn't come back and get all of his stuff.

I'm sure @Rob K.  can contribute some doozies here ...

Disgusting
I didn't even know people could do that or live like that ewww
Is there any way of minimizing or filtering these kind if tenants out?

Originally posted by @Kathia L.:

Disgusting
I didn't even know people could do that or live like that ewww
Is there any way of minimizing or filtering these kind if tenants out?

The visit to their current residence while you are processing the application can reveal some of the nasty and gross things that a renter does. 

You can also look in their car when they show up to see your property to sometimes get an idea.  "Oh yeah, I keep a very clean house and will keep this house in tip-top shape!" they'll say.  And then you look in their car and there's a foot and a half deep pile of old Burger King wrappers in the passenger side floorboard.  

Originally posted by @Steve Babiak:

I'm sure @Rob K can contribute some doozies here ...

The grossest thing I ever came across was a box of gay porn in an attic of a house I bought. I've also had to deal with fleas, bed bugs, and cockroaches. The gay porn was worse. 

Yeah, strippers, just think of where those $1 bills have been!

Our worse was the couple who threw used baby diapers through the crawl space hatch, under the house.  The pile up after a year was disgusting.  My husband had to wear a hazmat suit and shovel them out.

Then, there were the two little girls who hit their bedroom door knob into the wall, drew a target around the hole and filled the wall cavity with all sorts of "treasures" (dolls, donuts, nickels, tree leaves, candy, crayons, playing cards, etc.).

Originally posted by @Michael Q.:

Its not gross but somewhat enjoyable... Kinda... I rented to a pair of strippers... Paid in one dollar bills..  It took me forever to count 1 - 2 - 3 - 4... Sometimes I forgot where I was and had to start over again...

Did you lose track of the count because one of them was on your lap?  ;-)

Originally posted by @Rob K. :
Originally posted by @Steve Babiak:

I'm sure Rob K. can contribute some doozies here ...

The grossest thing I ever came across was a box of gay porn in an attic of a house I bought. I've also had to deal with fleas, bed bugs, and cockroaches. The gay porn was worse. 

Having done the clean out on both straight and gay porn, I can't argue with that. 

Originally posted by @David R.:
Originally posted by @Michael Q.:

Its not gross but somewhat enjoyable... Kinda... I rented to a pair of strippers... Paid in one dollar bills..  It took me forever to count 1 - 2 - 3 - 4... Sometimes I forgot where I was and had to start over again...

Did you lose track of the count because one of them was on your lap?  ;-)

Michael never said the girls were handing him the money :)

Originally posted by @Steve Babiak:

Cleaning out the stack of porn mags after a tenant move out. 

And all sorts of little insects crawling around that the tenants seemed to be keeping in violation of the "no pets" clause :). This happens quite a bit :)

Steve I'm shocked and repulsed that anyone would engage in such wanton and lascivious immoral behavior.  Also may I ask where these discarded porn magazine are located now?

I began my career as a handyman for a company that made lots of bad purchases in very bad areas. SO I have many but will list 3.

1) My brother and now business partner was under a kitchen sink fixing a leak and the tenant began smoking crack in the kitchen with his friends. 

2) Bathtub full of diapers. 

3) My brother and I had to replace a main drain line in a house. We had it disconnected in the basement all tenants were told not to use bathroom.  A tenant Used the toilet, at which time my brother was standing/working under the disconnected line. needless to say he was not happy!

With these experiences and many others my business partner and myself learned how NOT to buy properties and screen tenants. We now have great relationships with all our own tenants!

Originally posted by @Steve B.:
Originally posted by @Steve Babiak:

Cleaning out the stack of porn mags after a tenant move out. 

And all sorts of little insects crawling around that the tenants seemed to be keeping in violation of the "no pets" clause :). This happens quite a bit :)

Steve I'm shocked and repulsed that anyone would engage in such wanton and lascivious immoral behavior.  Also may I ask where these discarded porn magazine are located now?

Which type of porn did you want - the straight or the gay?  We don't discriminate ...

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