Homeowner in French town takes revenge on bad tenants

A homeowner in a small French town has received overwhelming support after he dumped a lorry full of rubbish and old furniture left by his former tenants, in front of their new property.

8 June 2018
By Connexion journalist

Thomas Ravaux hired a lorry to pick up all of the rubbish - which included rubble, furniture, toys, bags, and other large items - that his former tenants had left behind when they vacated his 120m² property in the small French town of Rozoy-sur-Serre (Aisne, Hauts-de-France).

The tenants had reportedly left without warning after 14 months of unpaid rent, and had stopped replying to Mr Ravaux’s calls and letters.

According to Mr Ravaux’s updates and photographs on social media (below), the tenants - who he said have three children - had left the property "in carnage".

The rubbish included a lorry-worth of debris, rubbish, children’s toys, old magazines, papers, plastic buckets, white goods, old computers, towels, clothes, and pieces of broken furniture strewn across the floor, in all of the rooms.

Mr Ravaux said they had also left rotting food in the fridge.

The property, which Mr Revaux renovated himself to rent out ten years ago, required deep cleaning and repair following the tenants’ departure.

My Ravaux said: “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.”

In response, the homeowner decided to “return it all to them” in a truck, and filmed the moment that the rubbish was dumped in front of what Mr Ravaux explained is the former tenants’ new home.

The video, posted on social media, has had almost half a million views at the time of writing.

Mr Ravaux said: “I have had such a response, all in my favour. Everyone has supported me.”

And, while dumping rubbish in a public place usually carries a fine of up to €450, Mr Ravaux is not too stressed.

He said: “I have spoken to the gendarmerie, and it went OK. I am not worried.”

The rubbish has now reportedly been cleared away, with the former tenants said to have finally cleared up the debris and taken it away.

Mr Revaux continued: “The old tenants had to take everything to the rubbish tip themselves. Everything has now gone."

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