One in four tenants wouldn’t say if they’d damaged property


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Most tenants should know that if any significant damage is caused to a property they are renting, it’s their responsibility to tell the landlord or letting agent. However, new research from YouGov suggests that this is not something every tenant is prepared to do, as a quarter of people said they would not admit to causing any damage.

The poll – which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of online property marketplace TheHouseShop – was sent out to 2,000 people, 27 per cent of which said they would not tell their landlord or letting agent about any damage caused to the property. However, more than half (58 per cent) of respondents said they would report it as they are supposed to.

Having caused damage and chosen not to report it, roughly one in nine of the respondents said they would attempt to repair what had been broken. Around the same number of people said they would take a similar route, however would opt to hire a professional to fix any damage caused.

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