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Tenants Admit Hiding Damage From Landlords

Just over one-quarter (27 per cent) of tenants in private rented properties would avoid telling their landlord about damage they had caused, new research has found.

A survey by TheHouseShop.com revealed that of those who would hide damage, 15 per cent said they would simply hire a professional to fix the issue and cover the cost themselves.

Worryingly, one per cent said they wouldn’t say anything and would hope it was unnoticed when they moved out - which could result in a surprise for commercial cleaners in Woking if they’re tasked with cleaning a property between tenants.

Nick Marr, co-founder of TheHouseShop, advised landlords to foster an open and honest relationship with their tenants so that they feel comfortable with reporting any damage when it occurs.

He noted that, while the majority of people won’t deliberately damage a property, “accidents do happen and even well-meaning and reliable tenants can end up inflicting significant damage during their tenancy”.

Research conducted by Slater and Gordon last year revealed that the most common reasons why landlords claimed money from tenants’ security deposits were stains on the carpet (58 per cent), chipped paint and damaged wallpaper (54 per cent), and broken or damaged furniture (45 per cent).

In addition, one of the biggest reasons for landlords falling out with their tenants was over cleaning bills, with 48 per cent claiming this had caused a problem.

The same percentage of landlords had arguments with their tenants over broken or damaged items in the property when people moved out. 

10th May 2017

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