The perfect tenant has been revealed, following a survey of landlords across the UK.
According to the poll by Intus Lettings, the most desirable tenants are couples with no children, with 29 per cent of landlords putting them at the top of their lists. The least popular tenants are students, with just 1 per cent of landlords choosing them as their favourite.
The second most sought-after tenant is a single young professional, with a quarter of landlords favouring this category, followed by families, which only one in five landlords prefer.
The results of the survey come as new figures from the latest English Housing Survey show that 4.5 million households are rented from a private landlord, a total of 20 per cent of all homes in England and a 2.5 million increase on figures from 2000.
Hope McKendrick, lettings manager at Intus Lettings, said:
“It’s likely that landlords opted for couples with no dependants due to the stability that it provides. They understand that finding the right tenant can save them time, money and stress in the long term and with the number of people renting continuing to grow, they want to be reassured that those living in their properties are reliable.”
The survey also revealed what landlords consider to be the most important aspect during the vetting process. Almost 40 per cent of respondents agreed that references are most likely to sway them to sign on the dotted line, followed by the general attitude of the potential renters. Age and marital status are the least important.
“As the survey results prove, negative experiences with previous landlords or poor references from your employer can impact where you end up living in the future. Landlords have more choice as more and more people enter the private rented sector, so getting through vetting without glitches and making a positive impression is more crucial than ever.”
When it comes to landlords’ frustrations, damage to property and furniture was the stand-out concern, followed by failure to pay rent on time.
Intus Lettings polled 500 landlords from across the UK.
To find out more about Intus Lettings, visit www.intuslettings.com.