Is referencing really that important? Someone I know wants to move into my property

It’s a friend of a friend” or “It’s my brother’s mate, they won’t let me down” I’ve heard these words a lot over the years

When someone comes along that you know, it can seem like a very attractive prospect to skip referencing, side step all those questions that you would normally want answers to and drop your guard, so to speak

Let’s really give this some more thought because for Landlords, it can be a MORE difficult decision whether or not to let to someone that you already know, especially when you consider some of the things that could potentially go wrong. Don’t forget that any issues that arise, you’ll be dealing with head on, unless you have a Managing Agent on board. What will you do if the rent is persistently late? How will you feel if there’s a difference of opinion on something and you end up having an argument? How will you tackle any breach of contract?

I recently found new tenants for a Landlord who had previously let to family members. When the tenants moved out, there were problems with damages, cleanliness and rent owing – now that’s a really hard situation to cope with because there’s emotion involved, possible irreparable damage to relationships, plus financial loss to the Landlord

In the first instance, before you decide if it’s right for you, you might want to ask yourself these questions :-

How about asking for some proof of income to know that affordability is taken care of? Is their job permanent or have they been given a zero hours contract, which is becoming more common lately. What do you know about any debts, poor credit history? Have they rented before? What does a reference from a previous landlord look like?

One thing’s for sure, getting it wrong can be costly and stressful. I know of some landlords that have even ended up selling their rental property after a bad experience

On the other hand, letting to someone you know or a relation can often be the perfect solution! If you’re in regular contact, there’s a good chance that any repairs will be reported without delay and the rent will come in like clockwork. There may also be a bonus of a trouble free long term let with continuity of rent and a long and happy tenancy!

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Landlord : I’m undecided whether to allow pets into my rental property. What happens if there’s any damage?


Landlord : I’m undecided whether to allow pets into my rental property. What happens if there’s any damage?

This is one of my “Frequently Asked Questions” when I’m talking to Landlords and something worth giving some time and careful consideration

Some landlords are MORE than happy to agree to having pets in their rental property but more often than not, there are those that aren’t. There could well be several reasons why some prefer to keep an “animal free zone”. Maybe they’ve had a bad experience and had a huge clean up bill, maybe they’ve had disgruntled neighbours over a yapping dog, some damage to the carpets and door frames or a whiffy odour to contend with. Or maybe, they’ve been left with a flea infestation to deal with before the next tenants move in – got you itching now haven’t I! I think it’s fair to say that these are all valid reasons for saying “No thank you” to pets

But if you’re a Landlord with a sizeable home to rent that’s perhaps in a town, near a school then you’ll attract a family and occasionally, some four legged friends!

But here’s the thing – most pet owners are responsible people. Their animals are clean, well looked after and let’s face it, some are spoilt divas who get their owners catering to their every whim! We are a Nation of animal lovers, spending hundreds of pounds every year on our pets – bedding, accessories, grooming, treats, even outfits!

Let’s face it, families with pets can make super long term tenants. For a Landlord, longer term tenants means continuity of rent, less void periods and less wear and tear moving furniture in and out every few months. We get numerous enquiries every single day from people with pets, struggling to find a suitable property to rent. Some are upset and frustrated for they have been searching for what seems like months without success.

There is no doubt in my mind that with a larger deposit in place, a guarantee of a steam clean and de-flea treatment on vacation, coupled with a detailed inventory supported with photographs, you are better equipped to accept pets

After all, being pet friendly may well be your purrfect opportunity to be pawsitively rewarded with a long and happy tenancy!