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Almost half of UK tenants have fallen out with their landlord

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Almost half of UK private rented sector tenants (49%) say they have fallen out or argued with their landlord says new research

The study by LightBulbs Direct also found that: 

  • 89% of private tenants would move if their relationship with their landlord broke down;
  • 18% said their landlord is / was unapproachable.

The survey also reveals the root of the most common disputes, with the most common reason for a tenant calling a landlord being due to a damaged window (66%) 

This was followed by 49% asking for permission to decorate, 46% calling about a broken appliance, 44% for a blocked toilet and 33% about cleaning a dirty property.

16% requested help in hanging photographs or art on walls, while 8% wanted screws on a doorframe tightened and 7% wanted help moving furniture.

Younger tenants have more disagreements

It terms of disputes, two thirds of tenants aged 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 years old have argued with their landlord in the past. This is compared to just over a third of 55 to 64 year olds and private tenants aged 65 and above.

Missed rental payments 

The report also showed that overall, nearly a quarter (24%) of UK tenants have missed a rental payment in the past.

Private renters aged 65 years and over, however, are also less likely to have missed a rental payment at 5%. This is compared to 44% of those aged between 25 to 34 years old.