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Property damage costs landlords £4.5bn a year

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Property damage costs landlords £4.5bn a year

New figures have revealed that landlords are forking out a massive £4.5bn every year for property damage caused by tenants, while rent arrears account for just around £900 million in costs.

Thousands of landlords are facing property damage at the end of their tenancy, with the largest problem being broken appliances. Damage to carpets and decorating is common, while cigarette burns remain an issue – despite many rental properties not allowing smoking.

According to the latest TDS stats, damage to property accounts for 56% of deposit disputes.  The TDS figures also show that 19.2% of all disputes raised resulted in 100% pay-outs to tenants; 19.8% of all disputes raised by landlords or agents resulted in 100% pay-outs to them; while in the remaining 61% of cases, the disputed money was split between the parties.


Jax Kneppers, Founder and CEO of Imfuna Let comments: “Many landlords feel tenants are not held to account when damage is caused and that there is little they can do to protect their property.  Furthermore, landlords have a poor record in winning tenant dispute cases.  

However, this could be changed dramatically if they ensure a few simple procedures are put in place at the start of a new tenancy agreement.  For example, ensuring there is a fair contract in place for a new tenant along with a thorough and detailed inventory, will enable both parties to be treated fairly and reasonably. Time and time again, landlords are losing disputes because they’re not providing the right evidence to show that a tenant has damaged the property.

The best way for landlords and agents to protect their property and avoid a dispute, is by ensuring that the condition of the property is fully recorded at the start of the tenancy, with a comprehensive inventory, along with a thorough check-in and check-out report.

We have designed Imfuna Let to ensure landlords and agents have a bullet proof inventory that records the property check-in condition status. The software provides a side-by-side comparison report which clearly demonstrates any change in condition of the property, illustrated with date and time stamped photographs.

We work with many landlords and agents who have managed to reduce property damage by carrying out mid-term inspections, supported by a thorough and professional inventory."

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HMO Midlands Landlady
HMO Midlands Landlady 24 May 2016

Tenants disappearing into the night is common from shared houses ( licensed and un-licensed HMO's) often when they owe considerable rent- they remove all their possessions, leave key in room and tell other...

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 20 May 2016

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Johna
Johna 20 May 2016

"Easier said than done" is what I would say. Of course, it would be more than great to have more in quality and affordability, but I do not trust talk anymore.. What is said is not what is happening.

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Johna
Johna 20 May 2016

in my humble opinion being fair like THE most important! I myself have had bad experience with unfair landlords... not to mention that I know how to do a proper end of tenancy cleaning since I am a fantastic...

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richardrawlings
richardrawlings 18 May 2016

NB - even if we doubled our commission levels in the UK, we'd still be by far the cheapest agents in the entire world.

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Agent_PeeBee
Agent_PeeBee 18 May 2016

Clueless. Someone needs to take these people's computers away from them so they can do no more harm than they already have.

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richardrawlings
richardrawlings 18 May 2016

Nonsense! The cost of selling a house nowadays has little bearing on the fees charged. Don't believe your own spin on this. Fees have spiralled down to pathetic levels in areas where weak agents have allowed...

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Simon Oliver
Simon Oliver 16 May 2016

The best solution is to buy a property that has built-in income generating potential: a nice house with a couple of gites in the grounds is a good start. In France, the rune of thumb is that one 2-bedroomed...

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WPD
WPD 12 May 2016

I suggest the answer is to have the notary system being one legal person who represents both parties. Having experienced it a couple of times in France it was a dream compared to our dysfunctional system....

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warren 03 May 2016

It's enough to make me weep into my Pimm's :(

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james anderson 03 May 2016

The sad demise of the croquet lawn...

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CommercialTrust 11 Apr 2016

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