The water damage to the upstairs apartment in March 2018 finally revealed all the harshness that had been hovering over a stairwell in Helsinki as early as 2016. Those who went into the apartment were completely destroyed.
The Töölö dwelling was roof-to-floor full of waste, containing faeces and hundreds of cans and cans of urine. Staying in the apartment without motorized or pneumatic equipment was impossible. The apartment door could not be properly opened when there was such a huge amount of waste in the apartment. All surfaces were in thick dirt.
The apartment was filled with pests, bugs, worms and spiders. The floors and walls of the apartment were full of spiders. The waste liquids had seeped into the structures. When the toilet bowl was clogged, the tenant, a 41-year-old man, had begun to make his living on the floor and bottles.
A 41-year-old man was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison last Wednesday for aggravated assault on a 41-year-old man. Iltalehti was the first to report the horror tenant's verdict. In court, the man could not say at what point the waste had started to accumulate in the apartment.
Breaking things. The waste liquids flowed into the structures. Even the concrete surface had to be cut off from the apartment.
The waste liquids were absorbed into all surfaces of the dwelling and furniture surfaces. As a result of the tenant, the apartment was destroyed and rendered unusable and demolished.
The apartment had smelled “terrible”. It took 40 hours to clean it. The biggest job was to empty the cans filled with urine.
According to the tenant, his ability to take charge of himself and his property had been significantly reduced due to health problems, which prevented him from maintaining the rented accommodation.
He did not let anyone in the apartment to check its condition. The landlord had been trying to get inside the apartment for about nine months, but he had always been blocked by the man. In his emails, he insisted that outsiders were prevented from entering his apartment.
When the toilet was clogged, the man urinated in bottles and cans and defecated on the floor.
The landlord had purchased an apartment in 2008 with his wife as an investment apartment. The tenancy with the man began in May 2014. The year before, the man had lived in the apartment as a sub-tenant.
The landlord visited the apartment in January 2016. The apartment had otherwise been in order, but there were paintings on the walls.
Odor nuisance was already observed in 2016. More severe odor and insect damage was observed in the summer of 2017. The housing company issued a warning about taking possession of the apartment first in August and then in September 2017. The owner of the apartment, the landlord, said
Pests, insects, larvae and spiders were found in the apartment.
At Christmas 2017, crab residents found the odor unacceptable.
The situation had only worsened when the landlord terminated the man's lease. The man then threatened the lawyer and failed to pay his rent.
The man promised the housing board chairman to clear the apartment first in November 2017 and then in December 2017. It never happened.
It was not until the upstairs water damage that the apartment was accessed. The measures were urgent. The control of beetles was aimed at preventing the spread of pests to other dwellings.
The renovation of the apartment took over a year. The flooring materials had to be unloaded all the way to the board floor. The apartment furniture had to be destroyed. The brick walls had to be milled 1-3 millimeters. The toilet and bathroom had to be demolished all the way down to the waterproofing and the concrete milled 1-3 millimeters away. The pipes in the apartment had to be replaced.
The smell was horrible. It was almost impossible to pass through the waste.
The damage caused to the owners, the landlord, the housing association and the insurance company amounted to approximately EUR 124,000. However, due to his state of health, the district court decided to mediate compensation.
According to the man, due to his state of health, he was unable to meet the criteria of a "normal careful person" at the time of the act. According to the court, the man clearly had problems with life control and his ability to regulate his behavior was reduced due to health reasons, but he was guilty at the time of the acts. The man sometimes slept with his girlfriend.
The man was sentenced to pay less than € 55,000 to landlords, about € 26,500 to an insurance company and about € 12,300 to a housing company. In addition, he was ordered to pay the costs.
The judgment is not yet final.