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One in seven renters breach tenancy rules!!

Tuesday, 27th September, 2016

One in seven renters have broken one or more rules outlined in their tenancy agreement, while 11% of renters surveyed claimed that they were unsure as to whether they had actually broken any of the rules in their contract or not, new research from Direct Line Landlord Insurance reveals.

Failure to pay rent on time, smoking and keeping a pet are among some of the most frequency-cited rules broken, with some of the most common sanctions for breaking tenancy rules including the loss of some of all of the tenant's tenancy deposit (52%), followed by having to pay for any damages (22%) and in some cases tenants were even evicted (4%).

More than one in five (21%) tenants said that their landlord never found out about their misdemeanours.

Nick Breton, head of Direct Line for Business Said: "The relationship a tenant has with their landlord can be crucial in the smooth running of a rented property.  It is therefore of utmost importance for tenants to keep in touch with their landlords should anything arise that may be in breach of their rental agreement.

Many landlords may be accommodating of requests to have a pet or to make changes to the property, but is always safest to ask before doing anything to ensure that you are not breaking your contract in the process.  Tenants who break the rules of their contract can face anything from the loss of their deposit to eviction, - The simple rule and for the avoidance of doubt allow us to check with your landlord!!


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