Tenant from Hell

By
Real Estate Agent with Falcon Property Company

 

Tenant Nightmares

 I received a call this week from an out-of-state owner who has a rental property in the prestigious Broadmoor Bluffs area of Colorado Springs. She had evicted a tenant for non-payment and hadn't had income against the property for months.

 

She was anxious to see if she could get it sold or if she should just let it go to foreclosure. There was a property manager who told the owner that after the eviction the tenant from hell went in to get a few more things. When she went back in, destruction like I have never witnessed then happened.

There is certainly culpability here, and I hope to obtain some justice for the home owner. Either through the courts because of the vandalism, the property manager because of her negligence, or the humane society because of the tragic situation with the cats.

The person who did this is a sick, vindictive individual. The owner, unfortunately, is the victim. She has been unable, so far, to get resolution either through the judicial system or from the property manager.

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The following video shows the effects of a depraved mind. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.

If you need real estate or property management answers, please reach out to me. I've been doing this for a long time.

 

Comments (12)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Mimi,  I feel for the owner of this home.  How could anone do something like this.

May 05, 2020 09:51 AM
Mimi Foster

Unconscionable. I'm going to try to get enough info for the owner to prosecute.

May 05, 2020 03:05 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Oh, Mimi!  This is the most horrible video I've seen in a long, long, time (ever, most likely.) Your video skills are great, but the subject matter.....

Your justifiable ange and concern for the owner are deeply felt.

 

May 05, 2020 12:35 PM
Mimi Foster

Wasn't that awful, Lottie? Thanks for the kind words, and I agree. I hope karma finds her and bites hard.

May 05, 2020 03:05 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Wow! I hope the authorities can get fingerprints off the paint cans. Those tenants need to do time or pay for all repairs.  Mercy!

May 05, 2020 04:03 PM
Mimi Foster

They know who and where the tenant is, it's just filing the police reports, etc., and then trying to get insurance to cover it. They're stonewalling. :( 

May 07, 2020 06:24 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Mimi Foster - YIKES!

I am sure that you will do everything you can to resolve this issue in the best interest of your client.  The perps should pay dearly for this. 

May 05, 2020 05:15 PM
Mimi Foster

I sure hope so, Sheri.

May 07, 2020 06:24 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That tenant deserves to be locked up for a very long time, I am scared to even watch the video, haha.

May 06, 2020 05:33 AM
Mimi Foster

Especially for the cats they left locked in a bathroom.

May 07, 2020 06:25 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker

I couldn't watch either Brian, the tragic story was enough to make my eyes teary.  Mimi to the rescue, owner knew who to call.  "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."  Tenant is not going to get away with this if Mimi has anything to say about it.

Sep 15, 2020 02:19 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I seriously can't believe this mess. It's disgusting.  My gosh, what the heck is wrong with her - she must be nuts. There has to be some recourse???

 

May 06, 2020 11:32 AM
Mimi Foster

working to see what kind of recourse we can get. insurance company wouldn't cover it so we need to fight it. so much heartache.


 

May 06, 2020 08:21 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I had a client who was working with the county (!!) to evict a tenant from a house that they had not paid rent on in over a year.  The county (!!) wanted me to find reason to evict them.  The county (!!) agent walked around this hideous house with me, but refused to go into the basement that she did not know existed in the house.  Asking me how I knew there was a basement I said I was familiar with the house design and that the house was built on a slope!  The basement door was hidden behind a cabinet.  The county (!!) agent had been there many times without such knowledge.

The tenants had been hiding illegal activity in the basement, had children there, and the entire basement was full, and I mean full, of black widow spiders.

Well, finding out there were children there along with the spiders gave the county (!!) enough legal reason to evict them, and had me leave before she broke them the news.

A few days later the house was razed.

Blog posted 9 years ago:  https://activerain.com/blogsview/2531579/hoarding

Linked inside that blog is another about the spiders!

Oh, the county (!!) agent was female and big enough to pile drive me upside down into the soil.

One of the things in the basement was a coffin.  I looked inside (!!) and it was full, and I mean full, of weaponry!

May 07, 2020 04:03 AM
Mimi Foster

That's an eerie story! I did take reinforcements when I went in because the neighbors indicated there may be squatters. I'm still processing this house. Not sure where to go from here. But my heart BREAKS to find there were children involved in yours. How does their poor little psyche come back from that? My biggest fear of the country going into lockdown was how child abuse was going to skyrocket. 

May 07, 2020 06:13 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

All kinds of abuse will skyrocket, necessarily.  People are who people are.  And all this when over 50% of the counties in the country have ZERO virus.

I have worried about realtors before going into houses alone and have told many to call me if they need a presence with them when they go.  And I'm serious.  If I'm not available I will tell them to wait for me, or call someone they know who carries a little friend with them.

May 08, 2020 03:57 AM
Mimi Foster

and now at my ripe old age, I know how dangerous it can be. that is very kind of you, and really good advice. Too many times we think, "Oh, I don't want to bother him." BOTHER HIM. Squatters are a nasty breed.

May 09, 2020 07:18 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Your word squatter made me laugh.  I once dropped into a dark crawl space and turned on my flashlight right into the face of a bum living there!  He screamed, I screamed, and probably lost a couple of months of my life.  I told him people were moving in and he had to find another place to live.  When they did the final walk through he was gone.

Another time during a home inspection I opened a closed door and walking into the room woke five people sleeping on mattresses.  When they pretended not to speak English, in my most adult and serious Spanish I told them to get out and if they came back I would personally have them sent to Tierra del Fuego.  Try walking here from there!  The little troop literally ran from the house. 

My client, a little female, was very afraid they would come back.  I told her about the best door locks and special security provisions (motion sensor lights, etc) and to always have a friend on speed dial if she even felt any presence.  The police are always a call away.

To quote the melting witch, "What a world! ... what a world!"  Would that a bucket of water always worked like that!

May 08, 2020 04:04 AM
Mimi Foster

"Would that a bucket of water always worked like that!" AMEN! That is always a fear - that they'll come back. You would have had to pick me up off the dirt if I had encountered someone like that. I've helped too many homeless tramps out (as they call themselves) to not know that the majority of them are hazed with alcohol and entitled and don't care about your rights. 

May 09, 2020 07:28 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I just watched your excellent video.  Your video case made to any jury would be all the evidence necessary.  Against the tenant and/or the "property management company..."  What a joke they are.  I bet the neighbors could not be more pleased that horror is over.

You tell a great story!  You could write books!

Oh, love the video logo!  You young people sure are creative!

Virtual virus-free hug!

May 08, 2020 04:21 AM
Mimi Foster

Thanks for watching! I couldn't figure out how to include the smell, but the visual should work.  The PM said the court let them back in. There are no records. The PM said she filed a police report. There are no records.


I LOVE that idea! (of writing books) Maybe I'll set my hand to it. And THANK YOU for noticing my logo. I had a lot of fun designing that, with help from Craig Daniels who also implemented the logistics for use.


HUGE, HUGE hugs right back atcha!

May 09, 2020 07:34 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Mimi, are you working with an attorney on options for homeowner?  Or, any resolution working out?  It's an untenable situation for the client. Wishing you and your client an amazing miracle cure. Hope to hear good news soon that owner has been made whole.  

Sep 15, 2020 02:10 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I saw the title to this old post, Mimi Foster, and I was draw in to read it a, then, watch the video. 

All I can say is WOW!

Jul 24, 2022 11:10 AM
Mimi Foster

It was definitely the experience of a career, John. I am currently working on my eighth deal as a result of this fiasco, so it paid off in the end :) 

Jul 25, 2022 11:09 AM