PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Most landlords admit when they rent out their property, there is a risk of it being damaged. However, one Perryville man said the damage in his rental home is thousands more than the renters' deposit. The landlord said this should be a crime.
Keith Carroll said the damaged added up to more than $15,000. He said there is nothing he can do since it's not illegal for renters to cause this type of damage. Carroll said he wants to warn others, and would like to see this kind of damage become illegal.
"It's one thing to be a landlord but nobody signs up for this kind of destruction," Carroll said.
Carroll said the house he raised his kids in is destroyed.
"It was in immaculate condition when we lived here and eight month later this is what we have," Carroll said.
He said the people who rented this home caused more damage than even the deepest cleaning can't control.
"The damage that you really see is under your feet," Carroll said. "This flooring, even if it's cleaned up, will always hold the smell of the urine and the feces."
He said there is extreme damage all over the house.
"This is about a $900 refrigerator, it's full of rotten food and bugs," Carroll said.
Carroll owns several properties in Missouri and Illinois. He said he's never seen anything like this.
"If you do this to somebody's house, even for your own good, you should be held to account," Carroll said.
Carroll's answer to this problem is to make destroying rental properties against the law.
"First of all, start locally and work with the mayor and the local prosecutor and try to see what we can do, if nothing else, to try to get a lot of public awareness," Carroll said. "I just don't want this to happen to any other landlords. I'm sure ultimately it's going to end up on the state level to make this type of damage a criminal act, and that's our ultimate goal."
Carroll said, as for the house, he will spend the money to restore it.
"We will move on and it will be a viable house for someone," Carroll said. "It's just that I've got to take this energy and passion and try to get something done about this so it doesn't happen to any other landlords or to the neighbors or the community at large."
The Perryville mayor said there would have to be many consideration and other steps to take before passing an ordinance that would require inspections on rental properties on the local level.