23 Dec

Landlords continue to tackle tenant damage

Landlords continue to tackle tenant damage

The majority of disputes between landlords and tenants is connected to damage, according to new research.

During the last 12 months, around ten per cent of UK landlords have been involved in a dispute with a tenant, with 66 per cent choosing to settle the matter through the court system and around 34 per cent hope to sort it out without going down the legal route.

According to research by inventory service provider My Property Inventories, damage to property was the major cause of disputes and accounted for 58 per cent of all problems.

Other issues were largely related to redecoration, cleaning and rent arrears - all of which caused headaches for landlords in 2014.

Danny Zane, director of My Property Inventories, stressed that one way to ensure disputes can be handled quickly is to ensure tenants and landlords agree at the start of the tenancy and that any previous damage is recorded currently.

"Unfortunately, landlords are losing disputes because they can’t provide the right evidence to show that a tenant has damaged the property," he explained.

"Normal wear and tear is a fact of life with rental properties, but if landlords and agents wish to avoid the hassle of arguments over who is responsible for damage, they need to prepare a thorough inventory of the condition of the property, that details the condition of everything in it."

It is also important for landlords to make sure they do a full check before giving tenants their deposits back, especially as some unscrupulous renters may try to hide the damage they may have caused.

"If landlords have a thorough and detailed inventory, it will enable both parties to be treated fairly and reasonably. By opening a dialogue with tenants and using an independent inventory clerk, disputes can be resolved quicker and without the hassle that is often experienced at the end of a tenancy period," added Mr Zane.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801767262-ADNFCR

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