Landlord stunned to find tenant SOLD $3,500 worth of furniture and destroy flat as she left

A TENANT sold her landlord’s furniture for thousands of pounds on Facebook and had a note scribbled on the walls of her rented flat.

The owner was stunned to find that shelves had been ripped out and expensive tables missing – along with the fridge and washing machine.

The tenant vandalized a flat in this block in Auckland, New Zealand


The tenant vandalized a flat in this block in Auckland, New ZealandCredit: Google Maps

Joanna Filipaina left her flat in Auckland, New Zealand, in November.

The landlord’s agents came by the same day to inspect it and were stunned at the condition it was in.

More than a dozen appliances and furniture were missing.

They include a swivel chair, bedside table, console, another round table, TV and headboard and queen size mattress.

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The fridge, washer, dryer and washer dryer were also gone, as were blinds, wardrobe shelves and even a shower head.

“The tenant admitted in a text message that he had taken the furniture and sold it on Facebook,” said a tribunal.

The cost of replacing the furniture and appliances was $7,104 (£3,645)

There was also extensive damage to the property, including a broken toilet seat, holes in walls, labels and scratches on walls, and damage to the door lock and a garage door.

The damage was “more than normal wear and tear”, the tribunal found.

Landlord Francis Pangfei La demanded compensation for all missing items plus repairs and plastering totaling more than $2,000.

The tribunal found in his favor, but knocked off a few for depreciation.

In total, Joanna had to pay the landlord $7,661.83 (£3,930).

In December, a landlord in Oldham, Greater Manchester, found his house piled high with rubbish and poo after an 18-year lease.

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Danny Hernon said he had to “dig his way out” through mounds of rotting rubbish and it cost £15,000 to clean up.

Meanwhile, thousands of tenants could be entitled to a refund of up to 12 months’ rent if landlords fail to comply with certain rules.

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