Is it an occupational hazard for landlords, losing items from their rental properties when tenants leave?

According to North Eastern sales and lettings firm KIS, TVs, boilers and beds are top the list of items taken from rented homes.

The firm’s anti-deposits campaigner Ajay Jagota says that he has experience of light-fingered North Easterners who have owned up to taking televisions, boilers and even in one case a king-sized bed from rented properties when the time has come to leave.

Figures provided by one insurer showed recently that 30% of renters believe it is perfectly reasonable to take things which don’t belong to them when they move house.

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“It isn’t just pots and pans going missing too – with many of those surveyed admitting to taking fridges, televisions, wardrobes and even sofas with them when they moved,” says Jagota.

More than 20% of those surveyed simply stated that “they wanted to take the items”. Other excuses included thinking the landlord wouldn’t notice, taking items accidentally and forgetting that the item was not theirs.

Ajay Jagota’s sales and lettings firm KIS and providers of a deposit-free renting solution “dLighted” believes the figures are further evidence of the need for landlords and letting agents to move on from traditional rental deposits and instead use landlord insurance.

He said:

“It’s not just a case of some tenants taking everything but the kitchen sink, in some cases they take that too.

“I’ve seen entire boilers and copper pipes taken from rental properties and heard of tenants helping themselves to the telly, a DVD player and even a king-sized bed.

“In that case, and I’m sure many others too, they also left the property in poor condition and owing their landlords hundreds of pounds in rent – so the deposit they left behind didn’t come close to covering the costs their landlord was left with.

“These costs all add up – say £2000 for a boiler, £400 for a new bed and mattress, £250 for a new fridge-freezer, £150 for a decent-sized telly. And it’s the next tenants who will lose out when rents go up to pay for it all.

“It’s yet another reason why landlords and letting agents need to rethink how they rent out homes. Not only does can a deposit price good tenants out of your property, it clearly doesn’t deter the bad ones from stealing from you – or pay to put things right when they do. Deposit-free renting with comprehensive landlord insurance does. So why do any differently?”

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