19 Apr

Tenants conceal damage from landlords

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 repaired.

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 TheHouseShop.

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.”ADNFCR-1222-ID-801834845-ADNFCR

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