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Majority Break Landlords Tenancy Agreements

Apparently the majority of tenants carry out living habits that break landlords’ tenancy agreements, because according to the perpetrators some are unaware of the rules contained in their tenancy agreements.

New research from a housing interior specialist has discovered that 84% of tenants knowingly break at least one of the terms and conditions outlined in their tenancy agreement.

Just under three quarters of tenants that took part in the study (73%) owned up to the fact they did not know what the landlord had set out in the terms of their tenancy agreement, and 36% said they wouldn’t know where to find a copy.

The most common rules that tenants had broken were:

• 1) Hanging pictures/photos/art on the walls – 38%

• 2) Making alterations to the property without seeking the landlord’s permission, or causing damage. – 34%.

• 3) Smoking inside the property – 23%

• 4) Causing noise disruption to neighbours and other anti-social behaviour – 19%.

• 5) Living with a pet – 14%.

When answering the question if they knew what the current notice period was outlined in their tenancy agreement, 23% admitted that they were not certain of how much time the landlord would give them to leave, or what notice they should give to their landlord.

Lucy Askew, interiors specialist of the firm, said: “Thanks to rising house prices and the subsequent need for significantly large deposits, the reality of homeownership has become unachievable for a number of Britons, resulting in the need for rented accommodation.

“Whilst it can be all too tempting to ignore the agreements made with a landlord in order to create a cosy atmosphere, rules are put in place for a reason, and failure to comply can put a tenancy at risk and could leave the tenant in question without a home.”

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