Two thirds of British private sector tenants engage in behaviour their landlord would not approve of, according to a new study from home interior specialist Hillarys.
67 per cent of those who responded to the poll, which had asked tenants aged 21 and over who had moved into their rented home in the last three years if they’d done anything in their home that their landlord had either stated wasn’t allowed, or that they felt would be frowned upon, confessed that they had broken the rules.
39 per cent of those who confessed to reprehensible behaviour said that they had owned pets when this was not permitted in the tenancy contract. 34 per cent carried out changes to the property’s interior without permission.
28 per cent admitted to damaging the interior of the property, whilst 26 per cent said that they smoke when this was not permitted. 17 per cent rented a room to an external party, or had people to say.
When asked if their landlord had suspected that they were breaking their tenancy agreement, 35 per cent admitted that they had. When asked how they’d responded, 51 per cent said that they’d lied to their landlord, whilst 28 per cent instead ‘bent the truth.’ The remaining 21 per cent confessed what they had done. A further 15 per cent even admitted they were doing something they knew to be wrong.
33 per cent of tenants lied to their landlord as they knew that they would not get permission for their actions, whilst 31 per cent claimed that they did not know that what they were doing would hurt them. 20 per cent did not expect to be caught.
When asked about the consequences, 48 per cent reported that they were told by their landlords to stop immediately. 23 per cent were allowed to continue, 18 per cent were issued with a warning and 11 per cent told to move out.
Spokesperson for Hillarys, Tanya Irons, said: ‘When you’re renting a home from someone else, you must abide by the rules that are in place or face eviction. It is still the landlord’s property and they have every right to have it treated with respect.’