Tenants and Landlords: What to Look Out for in Each Other

Landlords are looking for ideal tenants and tenants hope their landlords will be professional and decent, but it’s not always like that.

A delicate balancing act. That’s probably the best way to describe landlords and tenants and the relationship between them. Landlords have put substantial amounts of time, money and effort into their investment and they hope it will pay off with quality renters. Tenants want a comfortable home that’s well maintained.

Frequently, neither side is happy with the other and problems can ensue. It’s little wonder so many landlords and people renting row and fall out. According to one survey, around half of landlord-tenant relationships break down at some point, due to a variety of reasons. That includes everything from not paying the rent on time (or at all) to failures to carry out regular maintenance.

It can also be down to peculiar request from tenants, such as asking landlords to help them move furniture between rooms, and it ends up leaving both sides utterly exasperated. But for landlords, it’s a business, whether professionally or on a casual basis, and not looking after a property and the people renting it can cost you dearly.

Finding the Right Tenants

Locating suitable tenants for a property is no easy task. For many landlords doing it themselves, it’s a real headache. When you do land some, how do you know you’ve properly vetted them and what can you do to ensure they’re long-term renters, so you don’t have to start all over again and your rental income is disrupted?

Then, after working out how much rent to charge, there’s the whole world of tenants’ rights you have to strictly adhere to, or you could quickly find yourself in hot water. In England and Wales, there are eight basic tenant’s rights. They are the right to:

⦿ Live in a house or flat that’s in a good state of repair and is safe

⦿ Know who the landlord is

⦿ Be provided with an agreement in writing if the tenancy period is fixed and longer than three years

⦿ Live in the property without disturbances

⦿ Be safe from unfair rent and unfair eviction

⦿ Take issue with any extremely high charges and challenge them

⦿ To view the property’s Energy Performance Certificate

⦿ To in some cases have your deposit protected — and in all, to have it returned when the tenancy period ends

Landlord and Tenant Responsibilities

Taking a Landlord Back Seat

No-one ever said becoming a landlord was going to be easy, although people who are not in the business can often assume otherwise. Even when landlords think they have the perfect tenants, the opposite can be true. People renting can and do fail to live up to their responsibilities to keep the property in a reasonable condition and report any faults. It’s also essential that landlords have a plan for when renters will move out at the end of tenancy.

As outlined by the survey above, communications between both sides can indeed break down. That can make it difficult for a landlord to know if and when they or their tradespeople can do such things as enter a property to carry out essential repairs and maintenance.

For many landlords, the answers to these potential problems lies in them not handling any of it. They’re not shirking their responsibilities, but handing the job over to a property management company. Then, they can sit back in peace and even wait for the rent to be collected for them, from perfect tenants sourced by the lettings firm. Why make landlording life hard?

Tenants can find great rental properties at Horton and Garton. Whilst landlords can benefit from our range of professional property management services. Discover more advantages by getting in touch with us today.