I received a press release recently from Direct Line about some recent research showing that one in seven tenants breach tenancy rules. I have to say that I don’t find that very surprising!
A small paragraph at the end of the press release told me that the research was conducted between 19 and 22 August 2016 by Opinium Research amongst a nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK adults, of which 938 (47%) rent their properties from a private landlord.
As the number of tenants is less than 1,000 the research may or may not be statistically significant – I am not a mathematician so cannot say. The actual breaches look likely to me, though.
Landlords will be pleased to know that (according to the research) 65% of tenants are honourable and stick to the terms of the tenancy agreement. But what of the others?
Here is the list of the 10 most common rules broken by tenants:
- Failing to pay rent on time (or at all) – 25%
- Smoking in the property – 21%
- Keeping a pet in the property – 18%
- Damaging or making alterations to the premises – 17%
- Changing the locks – 16%
- Caused disturbances or a nuisance to neighbouring properties – 14%
- Sublet a room without notifying the landlord – 14%
- Failed to clean accessible windows – 13%
- Redecorated without permission – 12%
- Failed to check smoke or carbon monoxide alarm – 10%
This seems like a good opportunity to take a look at these breaches in a bit more detail. So over the next few weeks, I will be publishing 10 posts, each one looking at one of the breaches above.
For example, I will be considering the penalties that the tenants might occur and why the rules are there in the first place.
The series will be primarily addressed to tenants but will, of course, be of interest to their landlords!
The first post will be on the top breach, failing to pay rent. Watch out for it!