15 June 2014

A recent survey of over 1800 tenants commissioned by You Gov found that the majority of those questioned are still ignorant of recent changes in the law to protect their interests and many are not making the most basic of checks before moving into a property.

  • 50% did not retain a written tenancy agreement.
  • 70% did not check the inventory.
  • 50% did not make sure rental payments were clearly documented.
  • 78% did not have home contents insurance.
  • 59% were not aware of the notice period on their rental property.
  • 50% did not check gas, electricity or water meters before moving in.
  • The results show that tenants are vulnerable to unscrupulous landlords and agents and should look to rent through an ARLA ( Association of Residential Letting Agents ) registered agent to be assured their interests are best protected. Linley & Simpson received ARLA accreditation in 2007 across all of it's 6 offices and this was reinforced in October when all branch managers passed the A,ssociation's level one competency qualification. Linley and Simpson are also able to offer all their tenants Homelet contents insurance tailored to the rental market and at competitive rates and following a successful trial at their Oakwood Branch, can now offer the services of the Utility Warehouse as a single pint of access to arrange the supply of gas & electricity at a property along with all their telephone and broadband needs.

The Property Ombudsman
NAEA Propertymark
ARLA Propertymark
On the Market January 2015
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