What are the top 5 tenant confessions?

What are the top 5 tenant confessions?

New research from Lloyds Bank Business Insurance Services suggests that many small-scale private landlords forget that insuring a rental property is a very different kind of risk to insuring their own home.

Lloyds found that 25% of tenants have damaged their landlord’s property accidentally, while a 25% have caused blockages to sinks and toilets. Meanwhile, more than one in ten say they’ve failed to pay rent or bills, and a further 12% say they have smoked at their rented property, increasing the risk of fire and smoke damage.

Other things which landlords need to be aware of include tenants causing noise disturbance (10%), damage caused by pets (9%) and leaving the property unsecured and therefore at risk of burglary (6%). One in 20 (5%) say that their rental property has, in fact, been burgled while they’ve been living there.


The top five tenants’ confessions were:

1. Accidentally damaged the property    25%
2. Blocked the sink/toilet                         25%
3. Smoked inside the property                12%
4. Defaulted on rent/bills                         12%
5. Caused noise disturbance                  10%

The research also highlights the lengths tenants have gone to in order to hide their domestic mishaps and avoid losing their deposit money. Almost a third (31%) have cleaned the carpets themselves, more than a quarter (29%) have repainted the walls, and one in twenty (5%) have hired a professional cleaner to blitz the property from top to bottom.

Damien McGarrigle, Head of Business Insurance for Lloyds Banking Group, says: “The results highlight just how important it is for private landlords to have adequate landlord insurance which will protect them from a range of common problems, from break-ins and accidental damage to loss of rental income and plumbing issues.

We know many small scale private landlords with just one or two properties rely on regular home insurance to protect them, but this often falls short of covering the specific problems they could face.”

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Scott Garnet 06 Nov 2017

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Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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