Landlords needing some downtime after dealing with non-paying tenants and urgent repairs can enjoy a new video game about… non-paying tenants and urgent repairs.
Life simulation game – The Tenants – has just been beta launched, offering players the chance to become a landlord with problematic tenants as they build a rental property empire.
In what might be a little too close to home for some buy-to-let investors, players get to decide how to react to irate neighbours or police visits.
Developer, Ancient Forge Studio, warns: “You never know what’s gonna happen: annoyed neighbours, problematic tenants, police involved. Gotta stay alert!”
It advises: “Invest wisely to achieve maximum profit. Keep an eye out for the best bargain and strike when you see an opportunity. Stay calm, focused and ready to make your business rise all the way to the top!”
Gamers get to decorate and furnish houses before Sims-style would-be renters come in to look around.
They can then screen their tenants and negotiate to get the best deal. During the game, tenants send their landlord messages when they need help or repairs.
Youtuber Call Me Kevin has posted a video of himself playing it, labelled ‘I became a landlord and ruined a neighbourhood!’ on his channel, which has received 28,000 likes.
While he played – as the landlord character ‘Cheapskate’ – his tenant got dozens of rats in the house and also sent him a message saying she had forgotten to pay her first months’ rent. Real-life landlords might take comfort in the fact that she chose to pay after Call Me Kevin sent her a polite reminder.