Whilst you may think that any tenant who pays their rent on time is a good one, some recent polls have revealed that landlords do have preferences when taking on new tenants.

New research has shown that 29% of landlords would prefer childless couples to be living in their properties. Single young professionals are also preferred, followed by families with students coming bottom of the list.

Preferred Tenants

It is now believed that 4.5 million households are rented from a private landlord, which makes up 20% of all homes in England. Couples are thought to be the popular choice due to the stability that they provide. However, it is not just the family dynamic that helps to make a landlords mind up, they also put a lot of emphasis on the references that potential tenants can provide. Up to 40% of landlords felt that a reference would influence their thinking, followed by the attitude of the potential tenants themselves.

It seems that landlords are less concerned with the age or the marital status of the people due to be living in their property. Damaged property and furniture proved to be the major concern of most landlords, which was actually higher up the list than the failure to pay rent on time.

Landlord Rules

Landlords are entitled to put a variety of rules in place when they rent out a property, to ensure it is looked after to a standard that they are happy with, and that rent is paid in a time and way that they are happy with. A further study has revealed that as many as two thirds of tenants have confessed to flouting the rules set out by their landlords.

The most popular rule to be broken is that of bringing pets into the home, which 39% of tenants over 21 admitted to having done. A further 34% said they had carried out interior changes that had not been approved by their landlord. It may be related, but 28% said that they were guilty of damaging the property they were living in. As many as 17% said they have sub-let a room of their house or had guests to stay against their landlords wishes.

Lying To a Landlord

Not every tenant gets away with breaking the rules, and if a landlord suspects that something is amiss they have the right to speak to their tenant. In fact, 35% of tenants said that they had been questioned by their landlord regarding flouting the rules, and 51% of those lied in response. Of the remainder, 21% confessed the truth whilst 28% ‘bent the truth’ and a further 15% admitted having actually been caught in the act.

Lying to a landlord can be serious, and when asked why they had done so, most said it was because they knew they would not have been given permission. With 31% believing that what their landlord did not know would not hurt them and 20% not expecting to get caught; it shows that landlords need to be on their toes. Almost half of those caught out were asked to stop what they were doing and 11% were told to find alternative accommodation.

With such a huge demand for homes at the moment, landlords can afford to be picky when it comes to who they rent to, as there are likely to be plenty of people competing for each available home.

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