Two-thirds of tenants admit to not following landlord rules

by Gary Whittaker

More than two-thirds of people living in the UK private rented sector admit they have broken the rules while living in a rental property, a new survey has discovered. 

According to the results published by home interior specialist Hillarys, as many as 67 per cent of tenants across the UK admitted to having done something while living in rented accommodation that their landlord had either stated was not allowed, or that they knew would be frowned upon. 

The most common flouting of the rules was, unsurprisingly, people who wanted to keep a pet in their property. Despite being told not to by their landlord, some 39 per cent of tenants admitted that they had chosen to move an animal into the home anyway. 

Coming in second was interior decorating, with 34 per cent of rental property residents saying that they had failed to seek the permission of their landlord before they made changes to the home. 

Following the top two were a range of other serious indiscretions, all of which could land tenants in hot water with the owner of the property, including causing damage to the home (28 per cent), smoking in a no-smoking house or flat (26 per cent) and subletting a room to another tenant for money (17 per cent). 

The study also found that while some of these rule breaks may have been mistakes, the majority are not, with 51 per cent of tenants even admitting to lying to their landlord in order to cover themselves when asked about their conduct while living there. 

Tanya Irons, spokesperson for Hillarys, said: "When you’re renting a home from someone else, you must abide by the rules that are in place or face eviction. It is still the landlord’s property and they have every right to have it treated with respect."

The risk for tenants of not following rules laid out in their lease is huge. Those found to be do something wrong could face warnings, lose their deposit, or even be evicted. 

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09-October-17General Lettings News