When it comes to rental inspections, landlords and property managers have seen it all.

But this week, one landlord in Canada was forced to evict his tenants who left livestock and faeces in his Ontario home.

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Simon Andrew has bleached the walls of his rental property several times and hired a professional cleaner after the last tenants, who kept livestock in the Kingston, Ont., home, left his place ‘covered in faeces.’ (Michael Cole/CBC News)

In an article published on CBC News, Simon Andrew said his tenants initially seemed like “very respectable, nice people.”

However, the tenants soon began bringing more animals into the house and failing to clean up after them, the report said.

The two-car garage was filled with garbage left by Andrew's tenants. That's straw under the discarded furniture at the bottom of the frame. (Simon Andrew)
The two-car garage was filled with garbage left by Mr Andrew’s tenants. That’s straw under the discarded furniture at the bottom of the frame. (Simon Andrew)

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“As far as I know, there was definitely a goat. There was definitely rabbits. There was what I presume are … chickens. They definitely had quails in the house because I saw those … [and] of course cats and dogs,” Mr Andrew said.

It took him about six months to evict the couple and their adult son in late September.

'It's like you're in a hazmat zone. It's like you're in a zone that is not fit for human habitation,' said Andrew. (Simon Andrew)
‘It’s like you’re in a hazmat zone. It’s like you’re in a zone that is not fit for human habitation,’ said Mr Andrew. (Simon Andrew)

Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) approved the eviction order because the tenants didn’t pay rent and they “wilfully or negligently damaged the rental unit by allowing their animals to urinate and defecate throughout the rental unit.

'I knew it was bad but I had no idea how bad it was. It was sort of a numbed, stunned sort of feeling,' said Andrew. (Simon Andrew)
‘I knew it was bad but I had no idea how bad it was. It was sort of a numbed, stunned sort of feeling,’ said Andrew. (Simon Andrew)
The mess after the tenants were evicted. (Simon Andrew)
The mess after the tenants were evicted. (Simon Andrew)

Mr Andrew told CBC that he didn’t know the extent of the damage until the family had moved out.

‘It’s like you’re in a hazmat zone. It’s like you’re in a zone that is not fit for human habitation,” he said.

One of two dumpsters Andrew said he filled with garbage left by his tenants. (Simon Andrew)
One of two dumpsters Andrew said he filled with garbage left by his tenants. (Simon Andrew)

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Mr Andrew had to hire professional cleaners, bleach the walls several times, and tear up his floors to rid the smell of urine.

The Ontario Society for the Protection of Animals said there is an ongoing investigation after it received a complaint in July “regarding several dead chickens on the property as well as a goat inside of the house,” Alison Cross, spokeswoman for the OSPCA, said in an email.

Andrew said he will no longer rent his property as a long-term lease, and plans to explore short-term rental options that might give him more flexibility to evict anyone who damages his house.

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