If you've been a landlord for a while, chances are you'll have
come across a variety of different tenants.
Read on below to read about five of the most common types of
tenant and how you can avoid people like this making your life as a
landlord a nightmare.
Storyteller tenants always have a weird and wonderful excuse for
why their rent is late (again) or how the damage in your property
They may be creative in thinking up new excuses to tell you
every month but the amusement soon wears off when it's hitting you
in the pocket.
This tenant tells you they are a clean living and responsible
person, which may be true - but what about the pets in their mini
After getting the keys to your property these tenants move in
the animals two by two - cats, dogs, hamsters, budgies, snakes,
rats, rabbits and maybe the odd Vietnamese pot bellied pig!
Before you know it your property will become overrun with pets
and their mess, making it a real nightmare to make habitable
The 24 hour party people
If you want an easy life as a landlord this type of tenant isn't
for you. You may think you're getting a normal group of people but
when night falls they go wild - and not just the odd night but
every night, much to the annoyance of the neighbours.
People won't put up with excessive noise for very long and
before you know it, you'll have official complaints from the
council to deal with.
The multiplying tenants
So you've rented your one bedroom flat out to a young single
person and you think nothing more of it. That is, until the
neighbours start noticing more and more people spending the night
at your place and an increase in noise.
When you call round to see what's going on, there are a couple
of extra beds in your living room and someone has clearly been
sleeping in the bath!
Some tenants become very possessive about your property once
they've moved in. You may want in to do some maintenance or get a
gas safety check carried out but with these tenants you can forget
Yes, it's your property but they either have something to hide
or perhaps they have taken a dislike to you, either way the
overly-possessive will put up any barrier they can to stop you
getting access to your house or flat.
How can you prevent these nightmare tenants moving into
Human beings are unpredictable creatures so there's no cast-iron
way of avoiding these problem tenants. You can however, take all
necessary steps to ensure you don't get landed with nightmare
tenants that take forever to evict.
- Employer references
- Previous landlord references
- Credit checks
All of these and more can be done online, so reduce your
chances of a nightmare now; find out how Lettingref can help you
with your tenant referencing