Tenants trash Bundy home
NATHAN and Amy Webster have been forced to listen over the phone to details of how their Bundaberg rental property has been trashed by tenants.
Stinking rubbish bags overflowing with garbage sit rotting in the sun on the footpath, while inside, doors have been removed, holes kicked in walls and stains left on new seating.
Nathan's sister Meagan Webster and the siblings' mother have begun the clean-up job, which will take days, if not weeks.
"We didn't realise how bad it was until yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon," Ms Webster said.
"I'm just shocked .. I don't get it," she said.
The couple moved to Sydney at the end of last year for work and rented out their Norville home to help cover the mortgage repayments.
The rent did not quite cover costs, but it certainly helped and the loss of income would be hard for the couple, Ms Webster said.
"He's (Nathan) a cross between livid and devastated," Ms Webster said.
The couple had spent the weeks prior to moving getting their home up to scratch for the tenants - a mother, her daughter and a child.
"They put in hours making it a nice liveable home," Ms Webster said.
"They had a brand new bathroom vanity installed and a brand new stove," she said.
The stove is covered in grime and the vanity has been ruined with what looks like water damage.
There is also a hole in the wall that a tradesman will have to look at to determine if there is asbestos.
The doorstop has been kicked off the front door, cigarette butts and ash line the kitchen sink, curtain rods have been pulled from walls and some curtains remain missing, a sliding door has been removed and dumped in the shed where it has been damaged by water and is no longer usable, and the floors have a strange white coating.
A makeshift clothesline has been strung along the fence, breaking a post in half, and the shed now houses a broken bed and broken cupboards.
The tenants are nowhere to be found, although Ms Webster heard they had found accommodation in government housing.
The property was rented through an estate agent and Ms Webster said she wanted agents to be more responsible.
"If they're not doing their job then why shouldn't they be held accountable?" she said.
Locals and businesses have been quick to offer help, however, with Jari Maatta from AAA Skip Bins getting on board.
"We know things happen and you just have to look at it from a human point of view, not a commercial point of view," Mr Maatta said.