A number of tenants would try to hide damage from landlords


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One third of private tenants would not tell their landlord if they did significant damage to their rental property, fresh research shows, acting as a timely reminder that you, as a landlord, should conduct periodic inspections throughout each tenancy, ideally quarterly, or at least bi-yearly, to ensure that the condition of your property is in a reasonable state and that your tenants are complying with the tenancy agreement.

A YouGov survey commissioned by TheHouseShop.com has revealed that 33% of private tenants would not inform their landlord if they caused major damage to their rental property, with 15% admitting that they would attempt to repair the damage themselves – with the landlord none the wiser.

Of the honest respondents who would own up to the damages, 24% said that they would offer to pay the full repair bill, 7% would offer a contribution to the repair bill, and 27% would wait and see if they needed to pay anything.

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