The thing about finding good tenants is that it’s all about odds. Granted, you have to be one assuming son-of-a-bitch and play the game of odds. For example, the odds of getting trouble from an employed professional worker compared to an unemployed bum are extremely slim. Of course, that won’t always be the case, but they are the odds.
In some cases, it may even be worth keeping a property empty longer than planned, just to get the shoes filled with the idealistic tenants (if there is such a thing). A lot of landlords make the mistake of failing to screen their tenants with a “quality check” because they just want their property filled as quickly as possible, consequently they accept the first applicant that shows interest! There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’d rather play with the odds on my side, because a quality tenant is more likely going to save me more money in the long run.
Right, so I’ve put together a list of common tenancy statuses, and put them order of desirability(red hot being the most desirable). I haven’t covered all possible scenerios because the list could be potentiality endless, but I think I’ve covered quite a bit of ground. Please note, I’m basing this list on personal experience, generalisations and common sense. As I’ve mentioned several times, it’s all about odds. Let me know how it compares to your list…
|This is by far the most desirable tenancy status. Established couples (together for at least 5yrs) are more durable than newly established couples. Both are employed meaning two avenues of income. I’m always aiming to grab me a bag full of tenants in this situation.|
Employed/Good Pension/Good Benefits,
|I hate to be ageist, but unfortunately it’s the way of the world. An elderly individual are typically tame and accommodating- they just want a simple life. I currently have 2 tenants that come under this status- I’ve never had a problem!|
One working professional
|For the reason mentioned already- established couples are durable. Stability is highly desirable as it signifies responsibility and commitment. It’s not ideal that only person out of the two is employed, but it isn’t the end of the world. And with one being a professional worker, there’s little chance of any financial breakdown.|
employed as professional
|“Employed professional” employment status is key, because you know they carry some sense of intelligence and earn enough to pay the bills. So why does “single and employed” rank lower than “couple and one employed”? Simple, the professional, single worker has less of a commitment, so may find it easier to walk away.|
|New couples are always looking to take things to the next stage in their relationship, and what better way to show commitment than living under the same roof? Obviously, it’s a good thing that they’re both employed. But newly formed couples have a high seperation rate. I hate to admit it, but even a few of my friends have broken up with their partners and caused problems for landlords.|
|Now we’re really starting to creep into the danger zone. Anyone thinking about taking on this kind of tenancy status likes to live on the edge. As mentioned, newly formed couples have a high break up rate. And with only one being employed, it’s easy for them to fall into financial crisis.|
|With an average labouring job and no sense of commitment, it’s extremely easy for a tenant to go AWOL.|
Reliant on social benefits (DSS)
|I personally wouldn’t go this low down the chain, because i’ve been there and it’s been nothing but trouble. DSS tenants are not worth the hassle. And let me clarify, it has nothing to do with the individuals on benefits themselves, it’s more to the point how badly the government handle DSS tenants for landlords. For further details on why I think DSS tenants suck, go here DSS Tenants And The Council.|
|Student(s)||In popular student cities landlords are making a killing with letting property to studentsbut they come with their fairshare of stress. Most students go to University for one reason, and it sure as hell ain’t to learn. The odds of finding respectable students that will pay the bills on time and look after your property aren’t great. Secondly, with students, the landlord is usually required to actually make regular inspections just to make sure the walls are still standing. Thirdly, students tyoically change accommodation on an annual basis, meaning they’re short-term solutions.|
|No benefits, no job, and no hope. Forget about it.|
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