11:50 AM, 14th July 2011, About 10 years ago 1
If you’re thinking of your ideal celebrity tenant, would you think practically and pick a chef, handyman, cleaner or interior designer? Apparently not, Cheryl Cole topped the poll of 1000 tenants questioned by The DPS.
She took 8% of the votes helping Singers and Bands to take an overall 29% of the voting.
The closest celebrities to Cheryl Cole were Johnny Depp and David Beckham on 4% and 3% respectively with many more names dropped in from all corners of the celebrity world. Actors followed the Singers closely with a collective 28%. Even Robocop got a mention.
The Deposit Protection Service’s director, Kevin Firth, said there was a serious side to these results though. “Even if you think you know your fellow roommates, living with them may be very different. You’ll be responsible for paying a deposit which you’ll only get back by complying with your signed tenancy agreement and leaving the property in the same state it was when you moved in (subject to usual wear and tear) – so the return of your money depends on the reliability of others.
“If you don’t know who you’re moving in with, get to know them a little beforehand; the people you live with can be more important than the property and you wouldn’t rent a place without going to see it first.”
It has also triggered some more advice for landlords. “It’s vital for landlords to know their prospective tenants too. I’ve read several stories lately about a growing trend for rent arrears and the impact it’s having on landlords. Cheryl Cole is unlikely to have any trouble affording rent but make sure you undertake the necessary financial checks so you can be confident your prospective tenant(s) can afford the payments.” Mr Firth added.
|Celebrity Name||Votes / Percentage|
|Cheryl Cole||81 / 8%|
|Johnny Depp||37 / 4%|
|David Beckham||30 / 3%|
|Lady Gaga||27 / 3%|
|Brad Pitt||26 / 3%|
|Robbie Williams||17 / 2%|
|George Clooney||17 / 2%|
|Simon Cowell||16 / 2%|
|Angelina Jolie||15 / 2%|
|Michael McIntyre||13 / 1%|
|Category||Votes / Percentage|
|Singer/Band||290 / 29%|
|Actor/Actress||283 / 28%|
|Sportsperson||105 / 11%|
|Comedian||76 / 7%|
|Presenter||54 / 5%|
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