A recent study conducted by lighting experts, Lightbulbs Direct, has revealed the shocking truth behind landlord and tenant disputes, with nearly half (49%) of UK tenants admitting to falling out or arguing with their landlord in the past
The research uncovered the most common quarrels between landlords and their tenant, and some of the most outrageous requests from renters, which included asking them to unblock a toilet or plug, and even to clean their home.
A good relationship with their landlord is also important for tenants, with 89% admitting they would think about moving out if they didn't get on with their landlord. 18% also said they viewed their landlord as bring unapproachable.
When it comes to problems within the home, the results found tenants are clearly not afraid to pick up the phone, with the top five reasons for calling landlords revealed to be:
- Damaged windows (66%)
- Permission to decorate (49%)
- Broken appliances (46%)
- Blocked plug / toilet (44%)
- A dirty property (33%)
Some of the more unusual reasons for tenants calling their landlord were found too:
- Asking for help with hanging photos and wall art (16%)
- Tightening screws on a door frame (8%)
- Asking for help moving furniture around the property (7%)
In terms of disagreements, it is the younger generations who are more likely to fall out with their landlord. The research found 65% of 18 to 24 year olds, and 66% of 25 to 34 year olds, have argued with their landlord in the past, compared to 36% of 55 to 64 year olds, and 34% of people aged 65 and above.
Research also revealing 24% of UK tenants have missed a rental payment in the past. Those over 65 years old are less likely to miss a rental payment (5%) in comparison to 44% of those between 25 to 34 years.
Martin Davies, a Sales Director from London, had a particularly difficult tenant in his property. He commented: "We had a tenant who would call us to ask about every little thing. The constant ridiculous questions drove me mad but then he failed to tell me that the washing machine had started leaking badly. He didn’t mention it for over a month and it damaged the expensive new floor I had put down."
"The flat is part furnished and he once got in touch during the weekend to say that he didn’t want some of the furniture anymore and asked us to remove it. When we didn’t respond the same day, he phoned us to complain!"
David Tetlow, Ecommerce Manager at Lightbulbs Direct, said: "Whether you’ve been searching for ages or it was love at first sight, discovering the perfect property is often hard to find. When it comes to renting, it’s easy to be persuaded by your dream home but finding out who your landlord is before you sign a tenancy agreement is extremely important and will help you to understand how approachable they’re going to be in a crisis."
"You should always take the time to research and understand your rights as a tenant and your landlord’s rights to avoid any difficult situations in the future too."