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Colorado Springs homeowner says renters turned home into a grow house, ruined it

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- It's a homeowner's worst nightmare -- a house once in perfect condition, now destroyed by renters who he says turned the residential property into a marijuana grow house.  

From the street, Michael Carroll's rental property looks perfectly livable. Inside, he takes KRDO on a tour -- through the floor.  

Carroll says he lived in the home for years before deciding to rent it out. He paid a property management company, VIP Property Management, to watch his house and keep this very thing from happening. Now he says it'll take thousands of dollars to repair.

Carroll says he's rented-out several homes before.

"I've never had destruction like this," he said.

Carroll, who is semi-retired, says when he and the property managers checked on the house about three years later they were just as surprised as he was at the damage -- and the smell -- from marijuana. 

"They acted like they were in shock. Like they hadn't seen it in this condition," he said. "We have damage to doors, we have walls that were added, the washer and dryer just completely gone."

Carroll says now he has walls with holes, new walls added and an area filled with potting soil under the living room floor.

He says he's contacted the property management firm asking for help.

"I think 30 grand, $30,000 would put this back into a livable condition. The next letter I got from [VIP Property Management] was from their insurance company stating in the lease that I signed with them, they weren't required to do this or do that. So I'm stuck holding the bag because I trusted somebody to take care of my stuff," he said.

Carroll is starting to renovate the home himself and says he doesn't expect to see any money for repairs. Instead, he wants to use his story as a cautionary tale.

KRDO did reach out to VIP Property Management for comment but they have not responded to our request yet.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Kristen Skovira

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7 Comments

  1. If the state didnt act a fool and laid out reasonable rules, people wouldnt need to be sneaky when growing a damned weed.humans are the only retarded species who think criminally banning or regulating a plant is reasonable. Guess what bitch, i am a living creature and have a god given right to use plants. Fucking terrorists

    1. The cartel members who came to grow weed to export are the ones who usually do this. Use fake id’s and disappear to leave the owner with a house like this.

  2. I think this is funny. This guy just wanted to sit back and collect some easy money. Being an absentee landlord can be expensive. Guess that semi retired status will be for a little longer.

  3. This poor guy! Putting the blame on the State is an ignorant view. Entrusting someone to have integrity is another. Let me borrow your car wreck it and blame the state for having mandatory insurance laws I didn’t follow. Please Mr. tojob. Didn’t think so. Obviously he’s never owned a home or is a weed grower, LOVE to see your house. You DO KNOW it’s legal to buy.

  4. I guess it could have been worse. The house down my street had a large illegal grow covering up a smaller meth lab. The house was trashed, but in all honesty, the house was a slumlord’s dream before that.

  5. “The next letter I got from [VIP Property Management] was from their insurance company stating in the lease that I signed with them, they weren’t required to do this or do that. So I’m stuck holding the bag because I trusted somebody to take care of my stuff,”
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    If you don’t have a written contract that covers the details described, then you don’t have a contract. Presumably you didn’t have a lawyer check the lease you signed with the property management company, or you probably wouldn’t be in this mess now. Short-term shortcuts generally result in long-term problems…

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