I recently bought a new house in Elk Grove, California (just South of Sacramento).
The seller had been leasing the home to some extended family, and requested a short rent-back to give them time to move out. Apparently the family felt they were being "forced out of their home" and decided to trash the place. These are just a few photos of the damage.
The seller was close to foreclosure, and most of the price went straight to his bank. Both the seller and the family are judgement proof - they have no assets worth going after. My insurance company - Nationwide - seems to be fast an reasonable so far, but I am stuck living in a hotel while the damage is repaired.
On the plus side, as my realtor pointed out, I'm going to end up with a really nice house.
A partial list of the damage includes kitchen appliances ripped out, kitchen cabinets smashed, interior lighting fixtures removed, interior doors smashed, holes punched in walls, window screens destroyed, a couple of windows broken, the back patio awning completely removed, broken furniture and trash thrown in the pool, liquids poured on carpets, garage door kicked in, stair railing broken, and garbage and debris left everywhere. It's going to cost over $2,000 just to have the trash hauled away.
On the plus side, Elk Grove is a beautiful community, the neighbors are really nice, and I think it's going to be a great investment.