April 2010

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

  1. *** toys
  2. An elephant’s foot
  3. The ashes of a dead person
  4. A pot bellied pig
  5. A box containing nail clippings
  6. A crash test dummy
  7. A pair of synthetic breasts
  8. A glass bowl covered with clingfilm containing 17 live spiders
  9. A plastic hand with a fork attached
  10. 7 cans of gravy


Source: PROPERTYdrum

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