Since at least early 2021, online ads have claimed that a landlord got revenge on his tenants after they destroyed a home. One of the ads read: "Tenants Destroy Home But Landlord Gets Last Laugh."
The other said: "Landlord Gets Ultimate Revenge When Tenants Leave."
Both ads showed a picture of a French landlord named Thomas Ravaux. However, the two photographs that depicted piles of garbage appeared to be unrelated to the house featured in this story.
Readers who clicked on either ad were led to a 58-page slideshow article.
It's true that in June 2018, Ravaux, the landlord, hatched a plan to get revenge on tenants who left one of his homes in disarray.
According to the French website The Connexion, it happened in a small town in France called Rozoy-sur-Serre.
A family with three children lived on the property for 14 months. According to Ravaux, they didn't pay rent for any of the time they occupied the house. They also left without notice.
The Landlord Finds the Damage
On June 1, 2018, Ravaux posted on Facebook that he was "feeling pissed." Included with the post were pictures of the damage:
When Ravaux entered the home, he found that the tenants had left behind rotting food in the refrigerator, as well as furniture, toys, and other items. The scene might remind some readers of the "Hoarders" reality TV series.
He also posted two videos that showed just how poorly the property had been treated by the tenants.
Ravaux did indeed get back at his tenants. He hired a truck (lorry) and loaded up all of the garbage and items that had been left behind by the tenants. The truck was then driven to the tenants' new house, where it was dumped at their front door.
He posted a video of the moment on Facebook:
According to another French website named Franceinfo, the tenants ended up having to clean up the mess on their own.
In sum, it's true that a French landlord got revenge — and perhaps even the last laugh — on some unsavory tenants who destroyed his property.