New survey on tenants' attitudes to damage
One in four UK tenants who rent privately would not tell their landlord about 'significant damage', a new survey suggests.
The poll, conducted by YouGov for property marketplace The House Shop, revealed that 27 per cent of renters would keep quiet if they had caused any major damage to their rented home.
However, the survey also found that they would offer to pay for the repairs.
Meanwhile, 15 per cent of respondents said they would hire a professional to take care of the damage whilst 11 per cent would try to repair the damage themselves.
Only 1 per cent of renters said they would try to conceal the damage in the hope their landlord wouldn’t find out about it.
In the survey, 58 per cent of renters said they would report the damage to their landlord - and of this cohort, one quarter would offer to pay the full bill.
A further 7 per cent would offer to make a contribution to the costs, while 27 per cent would wait and see whether they had to pay.
Nick Marr, The House Shop’s co-founder, said: “While the vast majority of tenants will not actively try to do damage to a property, accidents do happen, and even well-meaning and reliable tenants can end up inflicting significant damage during their tenancy.
“The best advice I could give to landlords would be to encourage an open and honest relationship with their tenants, so that tenants don’t feel scared or nervous about reporting any damages as soon as they happen."
He said that having 'a direct relationship' with tenants, rather than using a third party agent or management service, was 'a great way to build trust and avoid any nasty surprises further down the line.'
He warned that hiding the damage or attempting to repair it themselves could make a bad situation worse.
"The best way to get around those is to carefully check tenants before moving in, in the hopes to avoid any rowdy renter as much as possible," Mr Marr advised.
He suggested that being an 'open-minded landlord', with whom a tenant feels comfortable enough to raise issues, may also save cash in the long-run.