PHOTOS: Residents outraged by tenant's disrespect
MESSAGES of support, and shock, have been sent in to The Observer's Facebook page, responding to the story of George and Natalie Newton's home being trashed by their previous tenant.
The tenant abandoned the home last month, leaving behind more than $10,000 worth of damages.
"That is so dam wrong. The owners did a really nice thing for someone and in return, they destroyed they home. People like that should not be aloud to rent homes. It gives a bad rep to people who would love to rent a home. Hope they can get it fixed up," Jandt Neuendorf said.
"Poor buggers. I really feel for them," Sharon Smith commented.
Residents have also claimed they have experienced the same disrespect from past tenants, too.
"Feel for you guys. We had the exact same done to us. Going through QCAT atm. What a joke the whole thing is. They can not pay rent. Can trash our rental proprties & unless we go through the long drawn out process of making them accountable they walk away scott free. Its a joke," Matt Adame said.
"This was how our previous disgusting pig of a tenant left our house! She was able to get another rental too!!!!!! This has to stop! My ex-tenant thinks she hasn't done anything wrong. If I'd raised a child like her I would be ashamed!!!! I think we should have a Facebook page to name and shame these grubs," Kelly Adame said.
THEY once called it home. Now George and Natalie Newton can hardly recognise their high-set West Gladstone house.
The homeowners said their tenant of more than two years abandoned the home early this month, leaving more than $10,000 worth of damage.
The landlords faced holes in walls, animal faeces on the carpet, doors torn off hinges and rubbish.
The long-term locals, not interested in riding the property boom, privately managed their home and offered what they thought was generous rent.
"We wanted to have a tenant who was going to live in Gladstone long term," Mrs Newton said.
"She approached us. She had two school-aged children and she said she was keen to stay in Gladstone for years."
"Now we feel cheated," Mr Newton said.
"We once trusted this woman."
Alarm bells were ringing for the homeowners when they did an inspection and found holes in walls that were shoddily repaired and carpet ripped up.
Despite the inspection, made shortly after her boyfriend left, was her worst, the landlords chose to give her another chance.
After they gave feedback to the tenant, she stopped paying rent and answering her phone.
George and Natalie went back to the home, to find out from neighbours that she had packed up and left.
It's the latest of difficult blows to the family; Mr Newton having had a heart attack mid last year.
It led to him being unable to continue to work at Boyne Smelter Ltd, and Mrs Newton had to be his full-time carer.
They told the tenant, saying if they give less inspections, it was because they had other health commitments.
When her 18-month lease was up late last year, they agreed to continue with the original conditions, but no end date was given.
Mr Newton said they made an arrangement with their tenant that if she was to leave, she would give four weeks' notice.
The couple is in talks with their insurance company regarding payments and what they are entitled to.
The Observer has tried to contact the tenant; however she did not answer her phone.