21 Jul

Lettings agents reveal what tenants leave

Lettings agents reveal what tenants leave

Research reveals that tenants do leave very strange items behind when they vacate a property.

One of the most expensive items that a tenant decided to leave was a Range Rover - when the letting agent contacted the owner he was told he could keep it. However, it was eventually returned to the tenant.

A charity benefited when one tenant left for the other side of the world and left her flat with a variety of goods, including paintings, expensive furnishings and Swarovski figurines. She was unable to return to collect them so they were given away instead.

One shopaholic tenant left a wardrobe full of designer clothes and accessories behind when she vacated her property. Again the items were given away, with a very lucky charity shop delighted to receive many items still in the original bags with the tags attached.

Less valuable items include a toupee left in a biscuit tin in the kitchen and a complete window (consisting of glass and frame) lying on a bed.

"Just when you think you've seen it all, something comes along to surprise you,’ said Marc on Grundherr, director of Benham & Reeves Lettings.

"The Range Rover wasn't even the only vehicle we've had left behind. It was just the most expensive. I probably thought about keeping it for a second too long but then realised it would've been hard to transfer the title into the company name," he added.

Earlier in the year, research by AA Home Membership revealed some poor landlords reported finding dead pets rotting behind wardrobes and a pile of dirty loo roll left in one bathroom.

Other unpleasant findings included human faeces on radiators, drug paraphernalia and discarded underwear. In some cases, it wasn't the items that had been left behind but the things that tenants had taken that proved a worry - including missing boilers.

Landlords are reminded that they need to ensure they communicate effectively to avoid any possible surprises.

Landlord Assist has advised buy-to-let landlords and letting agents they need to work with tenants to prevent possible disputes.

In recent months there has been strong demand for rental properties, especially in areas where property prices are increasing steadily.

Around ten million people are currently living in private rents in the UK and therefore tenants and landlords are raising their level of expectations.

Therefore, there has also been an increase in complaints from tenants against agents and landlords - causing stress for all involved.

Research also shows there is growing concern about called 'revenge evictions' that means tenants are often given notice if they complain about repairs not being made to the rented property.

"The housing shortage has meant there is increased demand for rental properties as soaring house prices have left the option of owning a home beyond the means of many people," explained Graham Kinnear, managing director at Landlord Assist.

"Such high demand has resulted in a small minority of landlords disregarding the condition of the property they let as they feel tenants have no choice but to accept poor conditions."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801736705-ADNFCR

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