Landlord Von Souvlis cleans up some of the mess left in a shed by a tenant in her Drayton rental property.
Landlord Von Souvlis cleans up some of the mess left in a shed by a tenant in her Drayton rental property. Stuart Cumming

Tenants leave soiled nappies, rotten food, sickening mess

A DISPUTE between a landlord and tenant over the squalid state of a Drayton home has left a 72-year-old woman out of pocket and with a costly clean-up.

The Residential Tenancies Authority has offered some advice to Toowoomba landlords so they can avoid or resolve the situation in which Von Souvlis has found herself.

Mrs Souvlis said the mess left in her Postle St rental property by a young man, his partner and three children was enough to make a grown man sick.

She said the tenant gave her two days' notice before moving out last weekend and the mess she discovered on Monday afternoon was vile.

She paid two men to start cleaning the home on Tuesday, which she said was littered with soiled nappies, toys, clothes and other signs of residents who had evacuated with haste.

One of the cleaners said he had thrown up after coming across rotten meat and other mess in the kitchen.

Mrs Souvlis said the tenants had been living in the home for the past year.

"There was so much debris on the carpets we just had to rake it out."

She said the tenants were also three months behind in their rent payments.

"It's not funny because I haven't got enough money to do this really.

"It will put me behind for months and months."

The tenant said he had worked for Mrs Souvlis on occasions in an attempt to pay back the money owed.

He also said he had contacted Mrs Souvlis on Monday morning saying he would come back this weekend to clean.

Residential Tenancy Authority general manager Fergus Smith said there were options open to people with a tenancy issue.

"A landlord can ask for a rental bond as a security deposit on the home," Mr Smith said.

"The bond is paid back to the tenant at the end of the tenancy so long as no money is owed for damage, rent, or other costs.

He encouraged tenants and landlords to talk through their issues to see if they can come up with a solution.

"The RTA provides a free dispute resolution service that can assist tenants and landlords to resolve problems.

Call 1300 366 311 or visit www.rta.qld.gov.au.



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