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Have you heard of the Bad Tenant List?

Have you heard of the Bad Tenant List?

As a landlord, have you ever come across a rogue tenant who has made your life a living hell or left your property in a mess? Unfortunately, these people do exist and now there is a way of checking out which tenants are naughty and which tenants are nice. In particular, thanks to the introduction of tenancy databases, it is now possible to check out the credentials of any potential tenants before agreeing to lease out your property. Tenancy databases provide details of tenants who have a questionable track record or a record of creating various problems for their previous landlords. It is becoming increasingly popular for landlords to check these tenancy databases before signing a new lease with a new tenant. Property agents have also started checking these databases before recommending a tenant to their landlord clients.

Who’s been naughty?

Any violation of the rental agreement could get you listed in the tenancy database. Being problematic and unreasonably difficult can also get you listed in the database. If you do get listed, it may become increasingly difficult for you to find another rental property. The following are some examples that could get you a spot on the naughty list:

  • Defaulting on rental payments. Never default on your commitment to pay rent to the landlord on time. Non-payment or consistent late payments are a sure fire way to get listed. If you don’t think that you can pay your rent on time for any reason, call your landlord to discuss the situation first.
  • Misbehaviour. Do not behave rudely when your landlord or his agent comes by for a routine inspection. No one wants a tenant who bulldozes their way around, so avoid being rude with your landlord.
  • Damaging properties. Remember that the property is a precious possession of the landlord. Normal wear and tear is perfectly acceptable, but any damage due to willful negligence is likely to get you listed in the tenancy database.

What to do if your name has been listed?

If your name gets listed, you can seek to be removed. Contact your property adviser if you find your name listed and ask for their advice immediately.

Readers should always seek their own independent advice prior to making any decisions regarding property or finances.

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