Tenant Advice- Tips & Info For Tenants

As a landlord, I appreciate my tenants. I treat them with respect and courtesy by providing them with safe and clean environments, and by keeping on top of repairs and maintenance in ample time. I do that because I know a happy tenant is a good tenant, and I appreciate that tenants are the landlord’s most valuable asset. If I want to stand a chance of succeeding in this industry I need to take care of what’s important… my tenants.

Unfortunately, many landlords don’t value their tenants, consequently they neglect their legal responsibilities and duty to provide tenants with a good service. But it’s not all on the landlords, we can’t forget the tasteless tactics deployed by letting agents, including their horrifically heart-sinking prices.

The major problem is many tenants don’t know their rights or who to turn to when they’re being subjected to foul play. They’re under the illusion that the landlord/agents holds all the power (despite how unfair it seems). Fortunately that isn’t true at all. Tenants can never be stripped from their statutory rights (no matter how hard anyone tries).

This section is dedicated to helping tenants understand their rights, how to avoid bad landlords, how to find good landlords and how to report a landlord that doesn’t comply with health and safety. There’s also a range of articles covering letting agents and their crazy fees, which should be avoided like the plague.

My Landlord Evicted Me Because I Asked For Repairs, Is That Legal?

My Landlord Evicted Me Because I Asked For Repairs, Is That Legal?

23 Jun 2014 / Tenant Advice / 35 Comments

For those that came here for the quick answer and can’t stomach enduring my meandering dribble, it’s “NO”, now get out of ‘ere. But for those that do… I’ve been emailed the question a couple of times in the last month or so, by tenants that claim their landlords are evicting them because they complained […]

You Should Hear What My Landlord Says…

You Should Hear What My Landlord Says…

24 Feb 2014 / Tenant Advice / 13 Comments

Earlier today I was having what can only be described as a tragically mundane conversation with a female buddy of mine via Whatsapp; nothing inappropriate was being said, nor did she have the decency to transfer any of her home-made erotica. It was almost pointless and a total waste of my precious time. But then, […]

Tenants And The Loose Tap Syndrome

Tenants And The Loose Tap Syndrome

10 Feb 2014 / Tenant Advice / 28 Comments

Sigh. “The loose tap syndrome” is the name I’ve given to the repugnant illness commonly contracted by tenants; primary symptom being the uncontrollable necessity of reporting every bullshit minuscule maintenance issue that a mentally impaired chimp is capable of resolving, let alone a fully grown human idiot. However, instead of being useful and fixing the […]

The Ten Commandments For Tenants

The Ten Commandments For Tenants

04 May 2013 / Tenant Advice / 7 Comments

I received a tenant’s rent today, but it was delivered an excruciating 12 days late, but it was no big deal. It’s the first time it’s been delayed by this particular tenant, and he’s generally a very reasonable chap. However, he did “that thing”!! The thing which I’ve already discussed in detail and already blown […]

Where Did My Landlord Secure My Tenancy Deposit?

Where Did My Landlord Secure My Tenancy Deposit?

01 Mar 2013 / Tenant Advice / 3 Comments

If from your recollection or the abundance of paperwork you received at the beginning of your tenancy, you can’t determine whether or not your deposit was secured into a tenancy deposit scheme, it’s ALWAYS worth asking your landlord or letting agent the question, especially if they’re, rightly or wrongly so, trying to deduct some of […]

Paying Rent In Advance To Entice The Landlord

Paying Rent In Advance To Entice The Landlord

26 Sep 2012 / Tenant Advice / 14 Comments

I’m sure you’ll all remember that I recently mashed together a blog post about how my friend and his girlfriend was struggling to find somewhere to rent, partially because of landlords and letting agents being unable to stick to their appointments. It was an emotional piece, which pulled on many heartstrings. The fabulous news is, […]

Should I Rent Directly Through A Private Landlord Or Use A Letting Agent?

Should I Rent Directly Through A Private Landlord Or Use A Letting Agent?

31 May 2012 / Tenant Advice / 4 Comments

One of my more creepy/weird friends (picture a young Mr Burns from the Simpsons), approached me earlier and informed me that he’s finally going to take the plunge and vacate from his parent’s basement, or “the battle lab” as he likes to call it (he’s a total Star Trek hermit), and move into a rental […]

Can My Landlord Evict Me?

Can My Landlord Evict Me?

30 Apr 2012 / Tenant Advice / 3 Comments

Before I dive into this topic, cock first, I think it’s important that I clarify the difference between being “evicted” and “being told to vacate at the end of a tenancy” because a lot of tenants (and even landlords) blatantly don’t know the difference. Granted, it can initially be a little tricky to understand. Being […]

Tenants Guide To Finding A Good Landlord

Tenants Guide To Finding A Good Landlord

09 Mar 2012 / Tenant Advice / 18 Comments

I think I’ve discovered a new comparable past-time to watching paint dry. It’s called “listening to tenants complain about the complete lack of decent landlords” Both equally brain-numbingly boring, and in some cultures, both considered torture. However, if I had to pick the lesser of two evils, i’d have to pick watching paint dry, simply […]

My Landlord Threatened Me

My Landlord Threatened Me

21 Sep 2011 / Tenant Advice / 9 Comments

After soaking up a report about a landlord that threatened his tenants I’ve been left thoroughly amused. Now, you may think being threatened isn’t anything to be entertained by. Normally i’d agree, and even more so if I was the victim. However, taking into consideration the content of the landlord’s threat and the fact the […]

Beware Of Fake Landlords

Beware Of Fake Landlords

05 Sep 2011 / Tenant Advice / 6 Comments

Did anyone else happen to catch episode 8 of series 2 of Fake Britain? It aired on BBC1, Friday morning, 11am. Without prior knowledge of the episode, I was intrigued to discover that there was a feature about “Fake Landlords” In the Urban Dictionary, I’m what is known as a “wasteman” (definition from Urban Dictionary: […]

I Can’t Afford To Pay My Rent, What Should I Do?

I Can’t Afford To Pay My Rent, What Should I Do?

27 Feb 2011 / Tenant Advice / 3 Comments

I’ve just across this video clip by Shelter – The housing and homelessness charity. The video has been up for a while, so many of you may have already seen it, but for those that haven’t… Admittedly, the video tugged on my heart strings a little, so I felt compelled to spread the word. I’m […]

Landlord Scams Tenants Should Be Aware Of

Landlord Scams Tenants Should Be Aware Of

18 Feb 2011 / Tenant Advice / 36 Comments

Figures released in 2010 by the Property Ombudsman suggest that more than 5,000 tenants have been affected by rental scams (I’m sure I read that somewhere- either way, it sounds like a compelling reason to read this article). The majority of these attacks involve online adverts, where creepy individuals communicate via emails as they are […]

Tips On How To Find A Good Landlord

Tips On How To Find A Good Landlord

02 Nov 2010 / Tenant Advice / 11 Comments

IMPORTANT 1] The good landlord will have a valid Gas Safety Certificate and provide the tenant with a copy. 2] The good landlord will have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to hand during viewings, just in case the tenant gives a shit about it (which they won’t). 3] The good landlord will secure the […]

‘Surrender Of Tenancy Letter’ For Tenants

‘Surrender Of Tenancy Letter’ For Tenants

23 Aug 2010 / Tenant Advice / 20 Comments

Unfortunately, on Friday, I received a surrender of tenancy from the best tenants’ I’ve ever been privileged enough to have. It was a fatal blow. The prospect of trying to fill their shoes seems like a difficult task, which I’m not looking forward to tackle. Over the 2 years they’ve been my tenants I didn’t […]

One Rental Property, Two Different Price Tags

One Rental Property, Two Different Price Tags

03 Aug 2010 / Tenant Advice / 1 Comment

A friend of mine is currently going through the excruciating process of mulling through a buttload of vacant BTL’s, hoping to find his ideal 1 bedroom bachelor pad. The guy is 36 and still rocking hard, with no intentions of settling down. Respect. Of course, his overused dick will probably turn green and drop off […]

This Is How I Helped My Friend Avoid Paying A Tenancy Renewal Fee

This Is How I Helped My Friend Avoid Paying A Tenancy Renewal Fee

24 May 2010 / Tenant Advice / 33 Comments

It was only a few weeks ago that I was having a mental ejaculation about how I thought it was unfair that tenants are charged admin fees and renewal fees, so it’s pretty good timing that this whole incident occurred. Quick reminder of why I believe Tenancy Renewal Fees are unfair Yes, i’m a broken […]

Techniques Tenants Can Use To Avoid Letting Agent Fees

Techniques Tenants Can Use To Avoid Letting Agent Fees

07 May 2010 / Tenant Advice / 16 Comments

The other day I ranted about how I think it’s unfair that high-street letting agents Charge Tenants An Admin Fee for simply being a consumer. It’s those kinds of fees that will probably be the fall of letting agents because these days it’s so easy for landlords and tenants to make a connection without the […]

Why Do Letting Agents Charge Tenants An Admin Fee?

Why Do Letting Agents Charge Tenants An Admin Fee?

27 Apr 2010 / Tenant Advice / 135 Comments

I’ve never understood this, so I’m hoping someone kind, gentle and sexy can shed some light onto the matter… Most high-street letting agents charge both tenants and landlords fees during the process of finding-tenants, which actually makes no sense to me. I understand why agents charge landlords, but why the tenants? It’s like car dealerships […]

6 Lies Commonly Told by Landlords

6 Lies Commonly Told by Landlords

05 Feb 2010 / Tenant Advice / 9 Comments

1] “That will be fixed by the time you move in” If you notice something broken or off-key during the viewing, ensure it’s attended to before you sign any contracts, pay any deposits or agree to anything. Once you’ve moved in, the landlord will be more reluctant to get things fixed because he already has […]

Read The Tenancy Agreement Before Signing, Idiot

Read The Tenancy Agreement Before Signing, Idiot

12 Jul 2009 / Tenant Advice / 1 Comment

The title of the article seems like an no-brainer, right? Well, apparently it’s not to everyone. Ok, unfortunately i’m going to make an example out of a user that came onto my site looking for advice. But believe me, it’s for the greater good, this way more people will hopefully learn. Earlier today someone left […]

How to Report A Landlord That Doesn’t Comply With Health And Safety

How to Report A Landlord That Doesn’t Comply With Health And Safety

19 May 2009 / Tenant Advice / 229 Comments

I’m under no illusion, Landlords have a bad reputation; real bad reputation. Unfortunately, it’s a difficult stain to wipe off while so many rogue Landlords continue to operate. Over the years I’ve seen some real shady landlords do the most bizarre shit, either because they’re too lazy to do a proper job, or because they […]

My Landlord Won’t Give My Deposit Back

My Landlord Won’t Give My Deposit Back

12 Jan 2009 / Tenant Advice / 185 Comments

Here’s a conversation I had earlier with a friend of mine: My ex landlord claims he’s paid my deposit, but it’s not gone into my account. Nowhere on my statement. What can I do if he keeps claiming he’s paid it? what date did the tenancy agreement start on? it was 6th June, 2008 Ok, […]

I Hate My Fucking Landlord

I Hate My Fucking Landlord

22 Dec 2008 / Tenant Advice / 97 Comments

Do you hate your landlord? One of my readers’ certainly does. This was a rather amusing email I received from a chap called Clive, in response to my Things I Hate About Being A Landlord post. what a pile of shit. i hat emy fucking landlord. Landlords have it easy compared to tenants. fuck you […]

My Landlord Wants To Sell The Property I’m Renting

My Landlord Wants To Sell The Property I’m Renting

05 Nov 2008 / Tenant Advice / 148 Comments

Are you in a situation where you need to get the fuck out of your home because your landlord wants to sell up while you’re still in the middle of a tenancy agreement? Yeah, it happens. I imagine it can be extremely frustrating for any tenant put into that situation. There are two ways the […]

Signs Of A Good Landlord

Signs Of A Good Landlord

01 Oct 2008 / Tenant Advice / 0 Comments

A lot of my friends rent. In fact, the majority of them rent, so I’m always getting the inside scoop on how other Landlords operate. It’s always a fascinating topic for me; I never get tired of hearing about the dodgy dealings of an overweight pimple-faced greasy Landlord that cuts corners to save a few […]

HELP, I Can’t Get A Guarantor

HELP, I Can’t Get A Guarantor

04 Sep 2008 / Tenant Advice / 127 Comments

On various occasions I’ve had prospective tenants ask me what they should do if they’re unable to get a rental guarantor. Personally, as a Landlord, I would feel extremely uncomfortable about giving tenancy to anyone that couldn’t arrange a Guarantor. Why? Because I’d only be thinking the following… Why doesn’t anyone trust this person enough […]

Lies That Letting Agents Feed Prospective Tenants

Lies That Letting Agents Feed Prospective Tenants

30 Apr 2008 / Tenant Advice / 6 Comments

I’m not sure if I would put letting agents on the same par as estate agents, but if letting agents are behind, they’re not that far behind. Perhaps they’re not the same breed of predator, but they’ve definitely emerged from the same batch of spawn, Satan’s spawn. I’ve had my fair share of problems with […]

What A Tenant Should Check Before Signing A Tenancy Agreement

What A Tenant Should Check Before Signing A Tenancy Agreement

25 Apr 2008 / Tenant Advice / 22 Comments

With the nation fearing a property crash, and with mortgage rates increasing, renting has never been so popular. That means more and more tenants are open to attack, to walk blindly into tenancy agreements that won’t always serve their best interest. Below is a checklist of things a tenant should check before agreeing to any […]

How To Sue Your Landlord

How To Sue Your Landlord

28 Sep 2007 / Tenant Advice / 147 Comments

It occurred to me that I haven’t really given much support to tenants, but I’ve written a lot of articles for landlords. I guess that’s because I’m a landlord and have never experienced life as a tenant. However, I’m about to broaden my horizons. Here’s how to sue your mean little landlord… Most ‘tenant Vs […]

Renting Vs Buying

Renting Vs Buying

02 Apr 2007 / Tenant Advice / 0 Comments

Ultimately, whether you should buy or rent really depends on your lifestyle. Here are a list of advantages and disadvantages for renting and buying property. Advantages of Buying: Capital growth: If you buy a property with a 25year mortgage you will own it by the time you finish the mortgage. If you rent, you will […]

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