Property

Landlord discovers burnt house had been trashed

A PROPERTY investor whose house was subject to arson at the weekend has described the inside of the house as sickening but not because of the fire.

Rick Weston said he was upset to find out the rental house on McMannie St, South Bundaberg, had been set alight on Sunday morning but when he entered the house yesterday his heart dropped at the sight.

It was not only the filth which had Mr Weston upset, but the nostril burning smell left behind from what was described as the tenants from hell had him wishing he had never given two young Bundaberg people a chance.

"About a year ago I leased this out to a young couple, 17 and 18 - I checked all the references and it seemed fine, well for the first six months it was," he said.

Mr Weston became suspicious and noticed they had a number of rental breeches included the amount of animals at the residence.

"The tenants got behind in the rent and when I went to see them about it I noticed the putrid smell and they wouldn't let anybody in."

"I issued them with a number of breeches and notices and they refused to leave," he said.

"We were due to go to court yesterday (Tuesday); this is when they were issued with an eviction notice.

"Now I've come in today and the putrid smell of cat and human faeces so the fire is the least of my problems."

HOUSE FIRE: Tarrick Weston is upset about the house fire at his McMannie Street rental property. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
HOUSE FIRE: Tarrick Weston is upset about the house fire at his McMannie Street rental property. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Mr Weston said his wife had also visited the property but left in tears after seeing what the tenants had done.

"I now believe the tenants will go to welfare because they are hard done by - but look how they have left this place," he said.

"How a young family especially - one who is pregnant - live like this is unthinkable."

Mr Weston's uncle Anthony Christensen said he went along to help his nephew out but was shocked to see the condition.

"I couldn't believe it. The smell of the urine is overpowering and I am left speechless," Mr Christensen said.

"The cats have just gone to the toilet everywhere and apparently the people were just living in it.

"Rick has to pay for this - I really don't know how people can live in this sort of squalor."

Mr Weston said after the fire the couple remained at the house despite being asked to leave because it was unsafe to live in.

"Ergon cut off the power after the fire," Mr Weston said.

"When I arrived this morning there was a power lead running from the neighbour's house.

"I don't understand how people can live like this - they were asked to leave for health reasons and the fact they could fall through the floor and yet they still remained."

Mr Weston said if the occupants left when they were first issued with the notice to leave the fire may not have taken place.

"Three weeks ago they were served a notice to leave but we had to wait for it to go before the court," he said.

Bundaberg Police confirmed a 28-year-old Bundaberg South man was arrested and charged with one count each of arson, wilful damage, possessing dangerous drugs and possess utensils on February 14.

The man has appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody to reappear on March 31.

Topics:  bundaberg editors picks house fire tenants from hell



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Profit put before safety in mines

BLACK LUNG: Former underground mine worker Jason Bing mined for 14 years before he was diagnosed with debilitating lung diseases.

AUTHORITIES are continuing to mismanage protection of coal workers

A chance to step up to New York stage

AMERICAN DREAM: Hip hop dancer Chelsea Lane.

Dancing from Bundaberg to New York

Why media execs join forces to show reform matters

SUMMIT: More than 25 chief executives from Australia's major commercial and subscription TV, newspaper and radio companies will gather to argue the need to modernise media laws to preserve the viability of the sector.

Summit in Canberra to convince Senate media reforms are vital.

Local Partners

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

SAMANTHA Armytage has hit back at rumours she’s dating Tom Cruise, following reports the pair had hit it off during an interview on Sunrise.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!