DPS survey uncovers the things that tenants leave in property
Every letting agent has stories about things that tenants leave behind; some silly, some sad, some revolting. Apparently ‘grown-up toys’ are the number one item left behind by tenants when they move out of a property according to a survey by the Deposit Protection Service.
In a poll of more than 1000 landlords across the UK, ‘grown-up toys’ were the most frequently left behind item that landlords had to dispose of. Animals, both dead and alive also scored highly on the list. Tenants left behind a stuffed parrot, guinea pigs, a large dead fish in a recycling bin and even a snake living under the floorboards.
Kevin Firth, Director of the DPS said “cleaning up after tenants is often a big job for landlords but this research shows that it’s not always just dirt they have to contend with”.
“One landlord told us that a former tenant, a postman, had left behind bags of unopened mail in the attic. Another told us that he found a batch of winning lottery scratch cards in the property, while another said that he had been showing a prospective tenant around a property and found a complete stranger asleep in the bedroom!”
The top 10 most bizarre items left behind
- *** toys
- An elephant’s foot
- The ashes of a dead person
- A pot bellied pig
- A box containing nail clippings
- A crash test dummy
- A pair of synthetic breasts
- A glass bowl covered with clingfilm containing 17 live spiders
- A plastic hand with a fork attached
- 7 cans of gravy