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Tenants

Who are bad tenants

  • Bad, or difficult tenants, do not respect you or your property. I am not talking about money because some bad tenants can be good rent payers and still drive you mad, i.e. they will be a nuisance to others, causing damage to their property and abusing them. In short, they will be bad neighbours but will still pay their rent on time.

    Bad tenants can also refuse to pay the rent because they might have an ulterior motive, such as trying to be evicted to apply for council housing or for other reasons known only to them. But in each case, bad tenants do get blacklisted. These days, councils are aware of such schemes, forcing tenants to reevaluate such a strategy to obtain housing accommodation which sees them purposely make themselves homeless.

    Checklist

    • If you are unhappy with some aspects of your accommodation, do not refuse to pay rent to get back at the landlord or estate agent. Instead, pay the rent and have an honest conversation with them. They are more likely to listen to you if you have paid your rent. Maybe they need your rent to make the repairs; you never know!
    • Do not purposely damage the property. Remember: “You are what you eat”. The landlord will repair wear and tear but will not fix the damage done on purpose.
    • In any event, unless you don’t want your deposit back, leave the property in the same state as it was before you occupied it.
    • If you send a notice to the landlord stating your intention to leave the property and do not want to pay a high cost for cleaning, start doing it yourself by restoring the space to its original state. Doing so will help you when you are leaving.
    • Check your tenancy agreement for any clause asking you to consent to paying for cleaning fees at the end of your lease. This fee could be very expensive: Your landlord or estate agent can charge you hundreds of pounds just to clean the sink. Alternatively, you can buy bleach worth £1, or use vinegar to solve the problem. So, be careful when signing your agreement.
    • Take all your rubbish with you. The landlord or estate agent can charge you hundreds of pounds just to remove your leftover rubbish and to it into the communal bin outside the property. There is nothing you can do about it, so its better you do it yourself.
    • It may sound ridiculous but make sure that when you clean the bathroom, you do not leave the lime scale on the tiles. I was charged an £80 cleaning fee by a leading estate agent because I missed some timescale on the top two lines of the bathroom tiles. When the estate agent or landlord wants to make money and do not want to return your deposit in full, they will go as low as they can to find excuses to rip you off.
    by: tenancy central uploaded July 4, 2017