Nobody said being a landlord was easy, especially when tenants are late on rent or cause damage to the property. In this case, a landlord named Thomas Ravaux had to deal with a pretty unsavory tenant situation. When the occupants didn’t pay rent for 14 months, he decided to pay them a visit and discovered things in utter shambles. The family had left the apartment — and a whole mess behind.
Thomas contacted his lawyer and then called for a dump truck.
It’s almost unbelievable the condition the apartment was in. Thomas took photos and posted the images to Facebook, writing: “This is how this flat was returned to me. Living like that with three kids, bravo. Not to mention the food that has gone bad in the fridge. Food offered to you by restaurant owners from their heart! Shame on you. Good luck to your new landlord.”
While the living conditions were deplorable and Thomas felt bad for any children living in these conditions, he felt it important to teach the tenants a lesson so they wouldn’t ruin someone else’s property.
He told France Info that the mess they left behind was jaw dropping, so he packed up the garbage and broken furniture and other miscellaneous stuff in a dump truck and dropped it on his former tenants’ new doorstep.
He explained the conditions the tenants left behind, sharing: “It was carnage inside. Everything was totally destroyed. The carpet is messed up, there are holes in the walls, all the paintwork needs re-doing, and we will need to disinfect it all. The smell is unbearable. I had a legal representative witness the damage before we emptied the place.”
Thomas continued: “I loaded everything into a dumpster and brought them back home… I met the authorities and we talked… For now, I’m not worried… The old tenants had to clear the sidewalk and bring everything to the dump Tuesday night. Everything is cleaned.”
Thomas got a lot of support for his actions, explaining: “I’ve received a lot of reactions, all in my favor. Everyone supports me!”
It’s easy to see why people would back him on this, as the video shows a dump truck brimming with junk at his former tenants new home — as he gives them their stuff back, by dumping out the entire contents of the truck on their front step!
Among the many comments people left on his Facebook post were those who applauded Thomas’ payback, with notes such as: “That is awesome!! Good way to get them back” and “Congrats sir! It’s shameful to leave a good in such a state, lack of total respect.”
Another commenter shared: “Wish I’d thought of that but I didn’t have to wait 14 months but my tenants left behind 2 -20 foot trailers of crap. I was just glad I got my house back and learned a lot about renters.”
Still others, however, didn’t understand why he bothered to retaliate, as one person commented: “You are insured for rent and rehabilitation. Why all this indecent cinema, you think you’re a superhero?”
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