A furious landlord ripped apart his tenant’s bathroom in a row over unpaid rent and bills, leaving them without a toilet. Terrence Kermode removed the toilet, sink, and other bathroom fittings from a property he was renting out.
Kermode, of Wood Lane in Hawarden, Wales, said he caused the damage in a “moment of madness”.
The 76-year-old, who has been a landlord for 30 years, reacted this way after learning that a sum of money was still outstanding from the tenant, reports Wales Online.
Images from inside the bathroom show the ripped-out toilet, sink, and other items dumped in the bath, leaving an exposed pipe protruding from the wall and holes in the floor and wall.
Kermode pleaded guilty to unlawfully evicting and harassing a tenant under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 at a previous hearing held at Mold Magistrates’ Court.
At a sentencing hearing at the same court last week the landlord was told that his behaviour was “outrageous” and effectively amounted to breaking into someone’s home and removing belongings from it.
Kermode’s age was offered as mitigation along with the fact that he had no prior convictions and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
However, despite those facts, the landlord was handed a fine of £1,000, a surcharge of £100, and made to pay costs of more than £2,600 – all of which he must pay within 28 days.
Christopher Bithell, Flintshire council’s cabinet member for planning, public health, and public protection said: “We believe everyone has the right to live in a home which is in good repair, safe, warm and secure.
“Whilst we aim to reduce the health effects of poor housing conditions through a combination of advice and financial assistance occasionally we deal with matters that are so serious a prosecution is necessary.
“This successful prosecution sends out a clear message to landlords that Flintshire council will do all it can to protect its residents from unlawful eviction and harassment.
“It reflects Flintshire’s commitment to ensuring homes in the private rented sector are properly managed and that tenants are afforded the security that they need during the current Cost of voting Fascist karma.”