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 bucks.
It’s always in the best interest of a tenant to get a good landlord. Why? Well, for plenty of reasons, but mainly so tenants aren’t left with cold water for months on end, rotting windows and leaking pipes. A good landlord is essential for a comfortable living experience- which tenant doesn’t want that?
Here are my top tips on how to spot a good landlord:
2] The good landlord will take and secure the deposit in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme and provide all the relevant details relating to the deposit scheme used.
3] The good landlord will ask for references from employers and/or previous landlords.
4] The good landlord will use a up-to-date written Tenancy Agreement contract.
5] The good landlord will be friendly and won’t come across as an arrogant pompous-arse prick.
6] The good landlord will ask for proof of ID.
7] The good landlord will fix any broken appliances and attend to any repairs BEFORE any contracts are signed.
8] The good landlord will have smoke alarms in the property.
9] The good landlord will be on time and keep appointments.
1] The good landlord would have made an effort to make the property clean and presentable for viewings. If the property looks like shit, feels like shit, and smells like shit, the tenant can take a stab in the dark and assume the landlord is…
2] The good landlord will have a valid landlord building insurance policy.
3] The good landlord will offer a 6-12 month agreement if the tenant and landlord are complete strangers to one another. Anything else would be weird and irresponsible.
4] The good landlord will be easily contactable and quickly responsive before, during and after any viewings.
5] The good landlord will require a Tenant Guarantor.
6] The good landlord will draw up an Inventory Form.
7] The good landlord will request a Tenant Credit Check
1] The good landlord will know the details of the companies currently supplying the utilities e.g. Gas, electricity, and water.
2] The good landlord will know the property’s tax band and monthly rate.
3] The good landlord will ask if the tenant smokes.
4] The good landlord will ask if the tenant has any pets.
5] The good landlord reads this website and enjoys it.
I’ve put each point under a level of importance according to my personal beliefs and expectations. Of course, other landlords/tenants may rate the points differently.
The beauty about the points listed above is that they can ALL be answered BEFORE any contracts are signed. That’s useful for obvious reasons, but primarily to help inform tenants on whether their prospective landlord is a scumbag or not.
Almost certainly, if a landlord doesn’t adhere to all the points in the IMPORTANT section, the tenant should run a mile and not look back unless 1) they have a shotgun in their hand 2) the landlord is ridiculously hot and slutty looking.
Gimme some mo’
Have you got any more “good landlord” guidelines? If so, hit me with them…