A decorator has revealed he had to clean up after a ‘hell tenant’ deliberately doodled on their flat in ‘revenge’ for being evicted by his landlord.
Decorator Simon Moore was asked to work on his two-bedroom and one-bathroom flat in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, last month after the “nightmare tenant” finally left. Worst Residential Job”.
The landlord is said to have gone through a lengthy eviction process after tenants stopped paying rent for months.
Before moving out of the property, the tenants covered the walls of every room in the apartment, a window in the bedroom and even some ceilings, including a “f*ck you” thought to be aimed at the landlord.
Simon said this “smart retaliation” ensured they did the most financial damage to the former landlord without damaging any fittings or floors, meaning they avoided criminal damage and the possibility of prosecution.
The landlord is now reportedly considering a sale to avoid going through the same stress test again.
Simon said: “The landlord said there was a lot of graffiti and asked if we could sort it out.
“When I saw it I was like ‘oh my god’ – they did give me a picture first so I knew what to expect, but I was still shocked.
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“It’s the worst residential job we’ve ever done. Usually it’s just a dirty mark on the wall, but this is another level.
“I think there’s something wrong with tenants not paying rent, so they’re graffiti on the walls because they’ve been evicted – that’s their karma.
“They did a great job because they didn’t cause any damage to any fittings – they didn’t put any paint on the tub, shower, kitchen unit or carpet, which is quite an achievement considering the amount of paint they had. “Used.
‘What do you think’ why are they so troublesome? But they’ve done it, so it’s not criminal damage – that makes it a civil rather than a criminal matter, which is very smart.
Doodles feature bold black paint smiley designs, mushrooms, gothic Alice in Wonderland and bathroom themes with a giant caterpillar and a pink Cheshire cat.
But most striking was a bizarre message scribbled on one of the bedroom walls, believed to be aimed at landlords about evictions, that read: “Stand on my kid’s bed?! Run me over? Go yours!
The head of Bristol painting service Mendip Decorators said the work took two workers five days to complete and cost the landlord around £2,000.
Landlord is said to have gone through lengthy eviction process after tenants stopped paying rent for months
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They had to use four thick coats of solvent-based paint to get the walls back to a clean white finish.
Simon said: “I know what paint to use because we’ve done similar projects.
“We built a commercial centre in Bristol and squatters set fire to a caravan in a warehouse and did a lot of graffiti, so we had to cover up the damage and graffiti.
“We knew we could do it, but it took a lot of time – it took four floors.”
The renovator said he and the landlord were both pleased with the results they had achieved in covering up all the graffiti and restoring the apartment to its original pre-rental condition.
According to Simon, landlords are now looking to sell properties and give up being landlords due to the stress of “tenants from hell” and the financial loss of rent arrears and losses.
Simon said: “I’m happy with the result because the difference is huge and the landlord is very happy with the change.
“I think they’re going to sell it because I think they’re fed up with people not paying and then doing all the damage.”