The weird and wacky items left behind by tenants

2014-10-06 00:00

A SQUATTING spouse and fully equipped sex room were two of many strange things left behind by tenants.

The Tenant Profile Network (TPN) recently conducted a survey among 500 of its members asking them the weirdest things their tenants had left behind in a move.

The list included:

• Intimate toys (the most common strange object to appear in the survey);

• A squatting spouse;

• A sex room (fully equipped with whips and chains);

• Nude photographs;

• Dogs and cats (bunnies being the most commonly left behind);

• Voodoo objects (these included monkey heads in glass jars, and a headless parakeet).

The Witness contacted local real estate agencies to find out the top weirdest things they had seen whilst on the job. The answers were both hilarious and creepy.

Office administrator for Remax in Hilton, Sharryn Middleton, recalled how she found a whole wedding cake in a cupboard, left behind by a tenant.

She said the tenant called Remax in a panic wanting her cake back, but at that point, the new tenants had allegedly already eaten it, although they denied ever seeing the cake.

Principal for Acutts Property in Estcourt, Angela Bartlett, has owned the business for over 19 years and has seen many tenants come and go. “I have seen lots strange things.”

Bartlett recounted the time she walked into the lounge of a flat to find a blood-soaked carpet, only to find out the previous tenants had cut up a cow they had slaughtered in the lounge area.

She had also found a pile of turtle shells in the corner of a room in another house.

Another study, conducted by TPN, has shown that tenants who pay rent on time are less likely to leave strange objects behind for the landlord to find.

• Chelsea.Pieterse@gmail.com

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