I live in a multiple-occupancy dwelling. Not so very long ago, when it was time to renew the lease on our maintenance contract, we invited new caretakers in to look after the property for us. A seemingly respectable couple, who claimed to be responsible and who pledged to look after the estate with due care and attention, were accordingly installed.
This is where things took an unexpected turn. During the few short years of their tenancy, these new incumbents have trimmed a great many of our home-comforts, making the whole place feel more Spartan, much colder and far less welcoming than it was before. Actual maintenance has been stripped right back to a level that looks like neglect and, more incredible yet, they have taken it upon themselves to sell off a great deal of our accumulated books, art and furnishings. Now it seems that they have even gone so far as to invite others to build in our garden, which will deprive us of open space and green surroundings.
It remains to be seen what judgement may fall upon the parties responsible for these acts, but one wonders what view the soon-to-be sold-off courts might take of this blatant asset-stripping.