A study by the Tenancy Deposit Service has identified the main causes of disputes between student tenants and landlords and agents.
The poll highlighted that a large percentage of landlords and agents have had to raise a deposit deduction, with 88 per cent confirming they’ve raised a deduction at end of tenancy.
For those who had made a deposit deduction, the common issues were damage to a property (48 per cent); making a claim for cleaning (38 per cent); deductions for redecorating (nine per cent); and rent arrears (seven per cent).
Despite the high percentage of deposit deductions, 60 per cent of all respondents to the TDS study believed that in general, students took good care of their rental property, a common worry when deciding to rent to students.
Of those polled who did not rent to students, the reasons why they were deterred included the potential for too much damage, preferring to rent to professionals, the need for constant redecorating after students, and the problems caused by too many parties and anti-social behaviour.
“Our results show that the common concerns about renting to students are valid to some extent, with cleaning topping the deposit deduction claims. However, there were no antisocial reasons for disputes, no issues with neighbours, and redecoration claims were in a small percentage” says TDS.
It continues: “Positively, our poll observed that over three-quarters of landlords and agents perform mid-tenancy inspections. TDS encourages property professionals to conduct regular inspections and include them within your tenancy agreement.”
Over half of agents and landlords polled confirmed that they attended the check-in/check-out with the tenants present.
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