Registered with Property118.comMonday 15th September 2014
Having just advertised to let, the ratio of applicants working or DSS is roughly 9 : 1 in favour of DSS 'and' they want the best, eg latest boilers, new double glazing, latest kitchen/bathroom anything less won't do! Strange, considering when the leave the place is often trashed!!
It goes on! L/Ls are seen as the bad ones and tenants badly done too. In the real world where I live, quite the opposite can be true. Would many tenants honour a 3 year contract? Err, I don't think so! If 3 year contracts come in with the possibility of being stuck with a nightmare tenant, I'm off! I often write to the top dogs, John Healey shadow housing minister being the latest telling him what it's really like to be a L/L with nothing held back! Just for a change, put pressure on them till "they've" had enough! People never like their own medicine!
It's all down to image and always will be, 'landlords are scoundrels and tenants are poorly done too'. My last tenant disappeared owing rent, left six bin bags full of dog doo, a yard full of it, chewed carpet, filth everywhere and has not been seen since yet we are the bad boys! They're clever by disappearing just before court because we don't want the hassle either!!! The days when I would give them a palace and they would give back a ruin are long gone, now I don't bother!
If you're worried then leave it. It's tempting to take a chance on taking on tenants a.s.a.p. considering full council tax is payable on an empty property but don't be tricked! I recently advertised a 'let' and stated no DSS, no self employed but a charming young man came round saying he's 'just' started in business with his father. All ref's/checks came back fine 'apart' from proof of employment. Proving/disproving self employment and not on DSS is difficult and I assume the best way is to obtain a tax ref' number from HMRC? So, I've gone 'gut instinct' and keeping away!
He should take a look "Nightmare Tenants' on tv as it's very true, I've been there!