What does a nightmare tenant look like?

Obviously we can’t tell you that, but here’s a photo to show you what they can do to your property.

Vomit and fag ash on the carpet

Vomit and fag ash on the carpet

This nightmare tenant left after the landlord served her with an eviction notice for non-payment of rent. Fortunately she left without too much fuss, but left her mess behind. This is just a fraction of the rubbish that had to be taken to the dump.

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Just some of the bottles of booze she left behind

Just some of the bottles of booze she left behind

The landlord also had to dispose of the bed and other pieces of furniture which couldn’t be cleaned after the tenant left. He also had to replace a carpet and the entire property had to be repainted due to nicotine stains on the walls and ceilings.

This might have been avoided if the landlord had run a credit check and reference report on the tenant. After the tenant had left, the landlord discovered she was in debt to banks and credit card companies; this debt might have come up on a credit check. A thorough reference report might have revealed that the tenant had left other properties in a similar mess.

So this is a good example of why you should always run a credit check on your tenants and make sure they can provide a reference from a previous landlord. Also, take a deposit of at least six weeks’ rent or get them to provide a UK-based guarantor, just in case.

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