9:45 AM, 7th December 2011, About 10 years ago 8
You can reference tenants, you can use your own judgement to select ones you think you can trust and you can be a good honest considerate landlord, but there is still no guarantee they will treat your property with respect.
If you have not experienced any issues with tenants damaging your property then you are very lucky. As a landlord myself I have had my share of bad tenants but am regularly horrified at some of the checkout videos I see back from our inventory clerks. Perhaps I am too emotional about the subject, but I really feel that some of these tenants should be prosecuted for criminal damage rather than just forfeiting their deposit. It’s all very well the government introducing legislation to protect tenants from the few dishonest landlords out there but what about landlords whose livelihood can be ruined by people who have no respect for others or their property – and there are lots of them.
The vast majority of landlords are not professional landlords who have an objective view of their properties and who, to a large extent, take damage as an inevitable cost their business.
Many only have one rental property and, especially in these times, it may well have been their home at one time. They may even hope to return to living in it at some stage. Some of our clients have been very upset by the way tenants have treated their property – one elderly lady we know of recently had to seek help for depression as a result of her experience with tenants who destroyed a property she had inherited and spent her savings getting refurbished.
When will the government think to start considering the rights of law-abiding landlords rather than feckless tenants?
WARNING: UPSETTING FOOTAGE BELOW!
The check out video below is just one example of the many horror stories we have seen the state that tenants can leave a property in. Landlords who are easily upset should not view!
You can’t stop tenants trashing your property but a good quality inventory will help ensure you can claim compensation.
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