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Erith landlord 'let down' by Bexley Council over 'horrendous' property
A LANDLORD says she feels "let down" by Bexley Council after it returned her Erith property in a "horrendous" state.
Sarah Odebala began leasing her four bedroom end-of-terrace home in Cornwallis Close to the council in August 2003.
After 10 years she decided to rent it out privately and took back the keys on October 15 - only to find it could take up to £2,000 to get it up to scratch.
The mature maths and English student at Bromley College was confronted with boarded up downstairs windows and a patio door still covered by plywood after it was broken into last month.
The burglar swiped the hot water cylinder and Ms Odebala says the last tenant took the oven and the washing machine.
Other gripes include missing chandeliers and no laminate flooring or carpeting in the kitchen and living room.
Ms Odebala claims the last tenants took the oven with them.
Mother-of-three Ms Odebala told News Shopper: "It is horrendous. I cannot put into words the situation at the moment because I am too annoyed.
"You give a perfect house to a local authority to help them with their housing stock and then you turn up to see how they have left it.
"The state the property is in is absolutely shocking.
"I can’t rent it out like that and I am stuck paying the mortgage.
Where the water cylinder used to be.
"I am very unhappy because I don’t know where I am going to get the money to fix it up.
"It is a dilemma and I feel let down by the council."
Ms Odebala, who lives in Chatham, says she has been quoted £700 for the patio door and £750 for the missing flooring.
She claims to have been getting £827 a month from the council but says the property could now be rented for £1,100 on the open market.
A Bexley Council spokeswoman said: "We are sorry that Ms Odebala is disappointed with condition of the property.
"We have been working with Ms Odebala and we have met our responsibilities in bringing the house up to the standard as required by the lease.
“The kitchen has been completely renewed and fully refurbished by the council.
"The chandelier type fittings were replaced by the council with ceiling roses with pendant fittings as they were out of date and needed to be changed.
“The backdoor windows and water cylinder were damaged by intruders when they broke into the property.
"As is usual, the clause of the lease stated that Ms Obedala was responsible for insuring against this kind of loss. Sadly Ms Odebala did not have sufficient cover.”
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