Landlords are not the heartless profit seekers exploiting vulnerable tenants in shoddy housing that they are often purported to be, according to new research.
In fact, most tenants are more than pleased with their rented accommodation – with almost 8 out of 10 telling the National Landlords Association (NLA) that they are satisfied with their homes (79%). Continue reading Smug landlords win seal of approval from tenants
A few of you have talked about communication on here before, but today I wanted to talk about communication issues and the problems they can cause.
I had a landlord friend once who swore blind that the more effective form of communication he had with his tenants was on the phone. He felt it added a more personal touch to their relationship and that they respected him more for it. Continue reading If it isn’t Written Down, it Didn’t Happen – The Evidence Is In The Communication
Let to buy landlords who move and rent out their home because they cannot sell the property are finding more tenants want to confirm they have a mortgage lender’s permission to rent.
More letting agents are demanding sight of written confirmation of permission to let from banks and building societies – especially if corporate tenants are involved in the agreement. Continue reading Tenants quiz landlords over permission to let
With former homeowners being forced back into the rental market, The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has warned landlords to either be prepared for pets or look for the signs of undeclared pets.
Most landlords who do accept pets will increase their deposit, but many landlords won’t rent to tenants with pets at all. Tenants unwilling to part with their pets may well ignore their landlord’s request and bring them into the property with them, and then attempting to hide any potentially expensive resulting damage. Continue reading Pets are not a landlord’s best friend
A strange case came my way today and I thought it a grand example of the sort of world I move in and an insight into the Kafkaesque madness that is the stock in trade of my day.
Continue reading A Tale of Two Toilets
Next year I will have been a landlord for 40 years and I am going to throw a boomerang at each of my good tenants via twitter (@landlordtweets) during the month of December. I am fed up of hearing tenants from hell stories, most of my tenants over the past 40 years have been great tenants and I am going to thank them all, past and present, for giving me financial freedom. Will you join me in throwing a boomerang at your good tenants?
If the boomerangs come back we might begin to hear stories about all the wonderful landlords that I meet everyday. Those who respect their tenants, those who know that it is because of their tenants that they have financial freedom, those who work hard to make tenants feel at home, those who perform little acts of kindness when tenants need support and friendship, those who take risks with tenants who would otherwise be homeless, those who tolerate tenants mistakes… Continue reading Landlords, Let’s Make December Celebration of Good Tenants Month
“Respect seems to be like a boomerang in the sense that you must send it out before it will come back to you.”
I have been giving a lot of thought to the relationship between a landlord and his tenants. Many tenants have landlord stories and many landlords have tenant stories but sadly neither seem to want to tell stories in praise of the other. Why is this? Why is so there little mutual respect between many tenants and landlords? Why is there so little respect for landlords generally? Continue reading The Boomerang Effect for Landlords?
"Shelter's new survey findings"
Homeless charity Shelter claims around 1,500 rogue landlords are making life a misery for tenants.
The figure was pinpointed from asking councils across England and Wales about private housing complaints.
The response was councils have received 86,628 complaints from tenants in the past year.
The calls for help highlighted potentially life-threatening dangers like hazardous gas and electricity supplies. Continue reading Rogue Landlords Under Attack for Tenant Misery
"Scottish landlord faces jail after forcefully attempting to evict a tenant"
A Scottish landlord could face jail after he aggressively attempted to evict a heavily pregnant tenant over late rental payments from a two-bedroom Fife property.
He is said to have told police officer that “It is cheaper my way.” to evict the tenant rather than go through the courts. The eviction noticed had been issued just seven days previous.
The 18 year-old tenant sat in tears in her bedroom as landlord Steven Simpson’s sons removed the doors and windows as well as removing fuses from the fusebox. He later claimed that the tenant had already left the property and they were removed for repair. Continue reading Scottish Landlord Who Took Eviction Into His Own Hands Faces Prison
"Over 1,000 disputes in three months prompts AIIC to offer advice"
After another bad few months for landlords in tenant disputes, the AIIC have issued more tips to help landlords in adjudications.
According to The Deposit Protection Scheme’s findings, June 1st to August 19th saw over 1,000 disputes with 60% due to damage to property. Cleaning costs played a part in 40% of the disputes and redecorating in 31%. Many disputes cited more than one reason, cleaning costs incurred due to damage for example creating the skewed figures. Continue reading Disputes Still Favour Tenants According to DPS