Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
A University of Lincoln student has goaded his landlord after sneaking off to Greece without paying more than £1,000 he owes in rent.
After two years, Erik Mikusauskas has decided he no longer wishes to carry on working towards his law degree and has dropped out of university in favour of a new job in Greece.
However, the 20-year-old had signed a tenancy agreement at a student house in Lincoln where he had been staying, but instead of paying his rent, he has decided to save the money for his new life on the other side of Europe.
And that hasn’t gone down well with his landlord after he left the country without any warning and with still more than £1,000 to pay.
Mr Mikusauskas said: “Well I applied for a job in Greece, got it and they provided a relocation package,” he said.
“I needed about three months’ rent to support myself.”
He added: “Basically, I saw my opportunity and I took it.”
A post on behalf of the landlord, who doesn’t want to be named, was put out on Facebook asking about the former student’s whereabouts.
And after seeing that his name was being bandied around, Mr Mikusauskas decided to respond.
“Catch me if you can,” he cheekily posted in the public Facebook group, Overheard in Lincoln.
A number of people have contacted the landlord after seeing the post, but Mr Mikusauskas told Lincolnshire Live he will do well to get any money out of him.
“I mean he tried to expose me because he didn’t believe I have moved and didn’t bother asking me so I memed him,” he said.
“If I decided not to pay him there is very little he can to reclaim the money as my British bank account is empty and I don’t have any property in the UK.
“He can get a CCJ against me, but then again my credit score in the UK doesn’t matter and he’ll only be wasting more money.
“This isn’t an ideal situation but I refuse to be intimidated or bullied into it.”
Mr Mikusauskas says he doesn’t plan to stay in Greece “forever” but does intend to live there for the next “five years plus”.
He has admitted that he didn’t tell his landlord he was moving out but did say he told him he had a new job.
And while he does confess to having some sympathy for the landlord over the money owed, he feels he had no option but to leave without clearing the debt.
“I do [feel sympathy] obviously but it’s being stuck between a rock and a hard place,” he said.
“It’s either I pay him the money I had but I wouldn’t have any more to support myself while I tried to find a new full-time job in a small university city where there aren’t many full-time jobs available.
“Or I go to Greece to have a nice job and a better life.
“He’s not exactly bumming it either from what I’ve seen in the past.”
Mr Mikusauskas insists his intentions are to repay the debt in the future even though he disagrees with being outed on Facebook.
He said: “I never said I wasn’t going to pay him ever – but I don’t appreciate being called out on Facebook about it.”
He added: “At least message me first and not get some goon to post it on Facebook.
“I would have told him I’m not in the country anymore and that for the current time I’m not able to pay his rent but I do intend to pay it at a later date.
“When that is I can’t say yet.”
But he also believes the landlord should have no problems getting the room at West Parade filled.
“I mean to be fair university hasn’t started,” he said.
“He [the landlord] has redone the kitchen. It’s a small, cheap room in a nice part of town.”
The landlord claims he only became aware of the situation after a housemate of Mr Mikusauskas told him that the former student had emigrated.
But he insists that he did all he could to make it easier for the tenant to pay his rent.
He said: “Tried to give every chance to catch up – including letting him live for free while he worked.
“He got a job and we were looking to get into the right direction only for him to move to Greece.
“If he ever came back I would take every legal route possible purely for the principle.
“If he was that nice he could have at least left a tenant [but he has] completely left me with an empty room so late in the year and not getting rent for a year.”
However, the landlord says he doesn’t hold it against the tenant personally.
“I wish him all the best in whatever he does,” he added.
“It is a genuine shame that he has threw away two years of a law degree over a bit of rent that I tried to give him every chance to catch up on.”
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