23 May

Landlords and tenants do get along

Landlords and tenants do get along

Landlords and their tenants do largely have a good relationship, according to new research.

A survey from landlord insurance provider Direct Line for Business has undermined the idea that tenants and landlords do not often see eye to eye.

In fact, the research found 69 per cent of landlords believe they have a good relationship with tenants, while 33 per cent regard renters as good friends and just two per cent expressed concerns.

However, 15 per cent did admit they had no relationship with those living in their property because they had no interaction as contact was overseen by a third-party, such as a letting agent.

Landlords were most impressed by tenants who paid the rent on time, while many felt it was important for renters to be respectful of the property and be clean and tidy.

"The idea that landlords and tenants can’t get on is a fallacy, as many of these relationships are very positive and are often long lasting. Having a good relationship with your tenants is beneficial as they will be more likely to flag problems with the property quickly, enabling the landlord to arrange for a swift repair and therefore minimising inconvenience and expense for both parties," said Christina Dimitrov, business manager at Direct Line for Business.

She added the most vital quality was for both parties to be "open, honest and fair".

However, the Residential Landlords Association has called for the government to set up a new court that would be able to deal quickly with disputes between landlords and tenants when they do occur.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801836132-ADNFCR

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