Giant glow-in-the-dark swear words, a sex toy and a pet python were among items that students left in their accommodation when they moved out over the summer, according to the Deposit Protection Service.
Part of the DPS’ role is processing landlords’ requests for deductions from their tenants’ deposits, and among the claims it received this year was one to cover costs of removing a snake found in a student’s bedroom.
Elsewhere, another landlord found an air rifle in a student’s room, while another found a living room in good condition in the daytime – only to discover four-foot high swear words daubed on the walls once night fell (there could be a message here for when to do check-out inspections).
Another landlord had to let the owner of a sex toy left behind know of its disposal when they phoned and asked for it back.
The DPS has not said what happened to the snake.