Tenants and landlords have been on the opposite end of the stick since the beginning of human civilization. Landlords want to find tenants who will respect the property, pay their rent on time, and report issues as soon as possible so they can be fixed. Tenants want landlords that understand the challenges of everyday life and are willing to do whatever possible to maintain the property and ensure that it is habitable and in working order.
Now that millions of Americans are unable to pay their rent because of the economic collapse due to COVID-19, tensions have skyrocketed between landlords and their tenants. Across the country, activists are leading rent strikes to get more people to skip their rent payments until the Trump administration can turn around the economy. Until then, landlords like Thomas Ravaux are going to have a hard time finding reliable tenants who will pay their bills when they’re supposed to.
But Ravaux might never get tenants as bad as the ones he exposed in a series of social media posts. Because he allowed them to live in his property for fourteen months without paying their rent before he decided to pay them a visit and see what was going on, he made the first mistake of being a landlord – being too lax when it comes to bad tenants. He should have reported them immediately as soon as they were found to be bad tenants.
As it turned out, Ravaux found the apartment completely trashed. He could hardly enter the abode due to the amount of accumulated junk near the door and in the hallways.
Because these tenants hadn’t paid thousands of dollars’ worth of rent, Ravaux decided to play hardball. He called his lawyer. Then when he hung up that phone call, he dialed the number to the local dump truck company and asked them to come to clear out the apartment as soon as they possibly could. The same day would be ideal.
The rental was in such bad shape that Ravaux shared the disgusting pictures on social media. He could not believe it and wanted to make the bad tenants suffer.
“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. The food offered to you by restaurant owners from their hearts! Shame on you. Good luck with your new landlord.”
Instead of having the dump truck company take the trash to the landfill, he asked them to dump it onto the new landlord’s property where the tenants would now be staying.
He revealed his plan to France Info. At first, he was hesitant to dump the trash on the other person’s property, but allegedly the French police encouraged him to do it since it was the tenants’ trash.
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. Then 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.”
What do you think about this bold move?
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