And finally… cough it up

A landlord couple who refused to return a security deposit to tenants they accused of ruining the property with cigar smoke are facing a £100,000 legal bill.

Nick Boakes and husband Harald Denker counter-sued after their former tenant Jonathan Hagmaier went to court for the return of the £6,270 deposit.

The landlords claimed Mr Hagmaier and his wife had ruined the luxury flat in London’s prestigious Little Venice with cigar smoke and let moths infest an expensive rug.

A judge awarded a paltry £2,952 in damages to the landlords – while ordering them to return the deposit and pay legal costs, The Times reports.

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