House rent-free for handy tenant
A landlord is offering a three-bedroom house to a handy tenant rent-free - if they can do it up after it was trashed by thieves.
The previous tenant of the end-of-terrace property in Darlington left holes in walls, let her cat mess on the floors and burned down the garage.
Once it was empty, thieves broke in and ripped out pipes and wiring.
Private landlords Jax and David Ayton want to see the home brought back up to scratch and are offering the place rent-free if the tenant can put the time in to carry out renovations.
The couple would pay for a rewire to make it habitable and pay for materials, while the tenant would carry out the work.
When it is done, they aim to renegotiate rent which locally is typically around £450 a month.
Mrs Ayton said: "We will put the basics in to make it liveable, the person will come in rent-free, we will provide the materials and they can provide the manpower."
The 30-year-old said getting a tenant in - even if they were not paying anything - would help them as it would deter thieves and vandals. We want someone to look after it like they own it. They can put their own stamp on it.
"I think this could be a winner. We are looking for someone who wants a nice home, who can put some time and effort into it, and to restore it to what it was."
The Neasham Road property is being offered by letting agents Bellwood and Harris Letting Agents on 01325 287286.