The Definitive Guide…to Tenants
In first place!
Because they are studying, they want no trouble with the landlord and so tend to pay the rent without question . Because they are young they are polite with a landlord, who they see as a figure of authority. Because they are usually financially dependent on family, parents are usually willing to act as guarantors, and are equally keen that the student should study hard. Because they tend to be intelligent, when problems at a property do arise students are clear and concise and usually reasonable when asking the landlord to remedy the issue. Sometimes parents become involved with regard to an issue, especially where they are guarantors, and this usually facilitates matters, rather than causes conflict.
2. Elderly people
They rarely default on rent, tending to be what we might call ‘old school’ in this regard . They are nearly always polite and reasonable in their requests. They often have children, who will call if there is a problem. They tend to be quiet, and so cause no problems, especially important if the rental property is a flat . If they like your property they are unlikely to leave it, since the call of a career requiring them to move to another location is not an issue
3. Single parents
Even where rent is subsidised through Housing Benefits, this tenant usually likes to be settled, wants to keep a property clean and tidy for their children’s sake, and is reasonable in requests for repairs to be done or other issues resolved.
4. Professional couples
Often good tenants, but career demands often mean they they have to move to another location. For some reason, they tend, but only in my experience, to call the landlord over certain matters they could easily resolve themselves with a little initiative, even where the landlord has no objection to paying to sort out the problem. Sometimes this leads to the relationship breaking down and so the tenancy ends!