Rent-free living available for DIY enthusiast

Darlington and Stockton Times: Jax Ayton outside the house on Neasham Road, Darlington Jax Ayton outside the house on Neasham Road, Darlington

A LANDLORD is offering the chance for a tenant to live rent free in a three bedroom house –but only if they are a dab hand at DIY.

The offer of rent free living has been made by private landlords Jax and David Ayton, who are looking for someone to take on an end of terrace property in Neasham Road, Darlington, that was trashed by a previous tenant, leaving it uninhabitable.

The couple want someone who is prepared to renovate the property while living there, before becoming a regular rent-paying tenant once the work is complete.

Mr and Mrs Ayton hope the offer will be of interest to someone who wants to decorate a house in their own style – although they will have to live in less than comfortable surroundings at first.

The house was once a well-presented family home but it was badly damaged by a previous tenant who knocked holes in the walls, allowed her cat to defecate on the floor and burned the garage down.

The tenant was evicted but the empty property then became a target for metal thieves, who smashed the rear windows and stripped the property of its pipes and electrical wiring.

Mrs Ayton said: “It was a lovely house, it was all done up to a good standard and it was a nice place to live.

“This tenant completely trashed the place so obviously we asked her to leave. We couldn’t afford to do it up again and slowly but surely people noticed that it was empty and it became a target.

“They’ve taken everything except the floorboards – the circuit board, the boiler and all the piping has gone. It’s in a desperate state of repair.”

Mr and Mrs Ayton will bring the house up to a safe standard to live in, with new windows and electrics, before any tenant takes it on, but are looking for someone to refurbish it back to a liveable standard.

They will also provide any building materials necessary.

Anyone interested in taking on the property is asked to contact Bellwood and Harris Letting Agents on 01325-287286.

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8:06am Tue 13 Nov 12

liindsey says...

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10:24am Tue 13 Nov 12

Copley23 says...

I guess the new tenants may feel more of a sense of pride and not trash it. Speaking as a fellow landlord, I feel for them.
Good idea, good luck to them. Hope it works.
I guess the new tenants may feel more of a sense of pride and not trash it. Speaking as a fellow landlord, I feel for them. Good idea, good luck to them. Hope it works. Copley23

12:24pm Tue 13 Nov 12

onlinereader says...

fratia wrote:
DArlington what a great place to live, oh my there are too many out of work slags with childfren in pushchairs livking on benefits, have these "young women" never heard of birht control, come on it is 2012 for goodness sakes
Fratia, it takes two to make a baby, the man being equally responsible who could have and should have worn a condom to protect against transmitted diseases as well as pregnancy protection. Whilst you are quick to condemn women with children in pushchairs you really have no idea if they are being supported by the state or not. I would suggest that it is likely that there are as many males out of work being supported by the state as there are women and I would further suggest if you are only able to make comments that make you sound like a complete numpty, you should refrain from making any comment.
[quote][p][bold]fratia[/bold] wrote: DArlington what a great place to live, oh my there are too many out of work slags with childfren in pushchairs livking on benefits, have these "young women" never heard of birht control, come on it is 2012 for goodness sakes[/p][/quote]Fratia, it takes two to make a baby, the man being equally responsible who could have and should have worn a condom to protect against transmitted diseases as well as pregnancy protection. Whilst you are quick to condemn women with children in pushchairs you really have no idea if they are being supported by the state or not. I would suggest that it is likely that there are as many males out of work being supported by the state as there are women and I would further suggest if you are only able to make comments that make you sound like a complete numpty, you should refrain from making any comment. onlinereader

2:14pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Porca miseria says...

Weren't these landlords insured? and whilst I don't condone the moron who trashed the place, this scheme only benefits the landlords.
Weren't these landlords insured? and whilst I don't condone the moron who trashed the place, this scheme only benefits the landlords. Porca miseria

8:12pm Tue 13 Nov 12

maclaren says...

Mmmmm let me think about this I am a landlord and my house has been trashed by tenants, now I can either spend thousands of pounds over the next couple of months to repair it with no rental income or I can say to some mug you can live rent free in my house as long as you repair it then when you have spent you hard earned cash repairing my house I will charge you rent to live in it yea right your not daft are you mr and mrs Ayton
Mmmmm let me think about this I am a landlord and my house has been trashed by tenants, now I can either spend thousands of pounds over the next couple of months to repair it with no rental income or I can say to some mug you can live rent free in my house as long as you repair it then when you have spent you hard earned cash repairing my house I will charge you rent to live in it yea right your not daft are you mr and mrs Ayton maclaren

4:51pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Ex Employee DA says...

David Ayton is the owner/manager of a business based in Kingston Park, Ncle known as "1st Property Services" (google it) he also has the franchise on "drain doctor" in the area. 1st Property is in the business of property repairs, so why would he want someone to live in the property and repair it? something smells funny about this.
David Ayton is the owner/manager of a business based in Kingston Park, Ncle known as "1st Property Services" (google it) he also has the franchise on "drain doctor" in the area. 1st Property is in the business of property repairs, so why would he want someone to live in the property and repair it? something smells funny about this. Ex Employee DA

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