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A landlord in Plymouth has been left with £10,000 worth of property damages after renting to the 'tenants from hell'.
The three-bedroom property had been the home of a young family for just five months, when their landlord attempted to evict them after falling into rent arrears.
After serving an eviction notice on the Plymouth family legal proceedings took one year for Nick Saunders to eventually recover this property; leaving a trail of filth, property damage and even rat-infestation behind them!
Making the age-old mistake, Mr Saunders met the prospective tenants and after paying the £300 deposit required was confident that they were 'decent people'.
Very little or no tenant referencing was carried out, as the truth soon became clear when it emerged that the couple didn't have jobs (as stated in their initial application) and had lied about their three dogs; having claimed they only had one.
Photos of the property show everything from ripped up carpets and piles of cigarette butts to dog faeces.
Mr Saunders said: “You literally couldn’t breathe when you went into the house because the smell was so bad.
“The dogs were allowed to urinate on the floors, they had taken all the carpets up and when we finally got rid of them, we found two rats in the boiler.”
Considering unpaid rent and property damages cost UK landlords £5.4bn every year, this story highlights the ever increasing need for landlords and letting agents to understand the importance of thoroughly referencing their tenants before granting them a tenancy.
With the amount of private rented sector households set to rocket to around 23% by 2020, as well as the ever growing problems with rent arrears, we all need to be proactive in sending a message to tenants who are intent on refusing to meet their commitments; if you don’t pay the rent then you won’t get a home with another landlord.
As an LRS member posted in our community forum:
‘ I have to say that out of all the checks that can be made on a tenant, the most important reference for me is an LRS one. A tenant with an LRS history tells me everything and more about a tenant. It tells me how well a tenant does or does not pay their rent, and often most importantly of all, how a tenant who runs into financial difficulty, whatever the reason, deals with it. ‘
So why not join our system (free) today and send a clear message to your tenants that you are a good landlord but if they fail to pay their rent or damage your property; you can and will be able to stop them from renting a home in the future, alongside 25,000+ other landlord and agent networkers right across the UK.
Unfortunately the person to blame here is the
Yes he was a victim here, but he caused himself to become that victim
I have made similar errors of judgement and have lost far more.
I don't make those errors anymore!
Clearly if this LL has followed the LRS methodologies then he wouldn't have made such losses.
RGI would have largely prevented the losses he experienced.
It is a fact that so few LL understand or appreciate the financial risks to themselves when they hand over the keys of an expensive property.
I don't know why they are so naive
But surely BEFORE you become a LL you must understand the UK eviction process.
It is this that the LL rental business is built on.
If as a LL you have NOT accepted that substantial losses will occur if you don't have RGI that is up to the LL to make that business decision
It seems this recent LL didn't have a clue what he was doing
As such he has suffered enormously for his own incompetence!.
Many other incompetent LL will suffer as he has UNLESS they take steps to mitigate the problems caused by wrongun tenants
LRS seems to be the only game in town which best can protect such incompetent LL from themselves.
LL would be wise to avail themselves of all that LRS offers
However few will, mostly because they don't even know that LRS exists!!
Consequently they will continue to suffer at the hands of more wrongun tenants
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