Tenants conceal damage from landlords
Many tenants would avoid telling their landlord about significant
damage and would cover the cost of repairs themselves.
Research from TheHouseShop found one in four private tenants would
keep quiet, although they would ensure the damage was
A total of 15 per cent confirmed they would hire a professional to
repair the damage, 11 per cent would carry out the fix themselves,
while one per cent would attempt to cover up the incident and hope
it would go unnoticed.
The poll found 58 per cent would tell their landlord about the
damage, with 24 per cent offering to cover the cost of repairs and
seven per cent would be willing to make a contribution towards the
bill. A further 27 per cent said they would wait until the landlord
had assessed the damage before offering financial help.
"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,” explained Nick Marr, co-founder of
He added: “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.”