The AIIC urge landlords to allow tenants to personalise their homes

Renters holding back on complaining due to fear of eviction

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks have asked landlords to be more open minded in allowing tenants to personalise their homes.

A recent study carried out by Plentific, found that 73% of private tenants undertook DIY jobs at their own cost, highlighting the growing interest of tenants to put their own stamp on their rental properties.

According to the research, a survey of over 2,000 tenants found that 23% of tenants had spent over £500 on home improvements.

Patricia Barber, chair of the AIIC said: “It’s clear that tenants are increasingly willing to spend their own money on improving their rental property and this is certainly something landlords should think about”.

Barber believes that Landlords could benefit in the long term if they allow tenants to make reasonable home improvements.

She added: “We’re seeing more long-term tenants and they’re clearly committed to living in a higher standard of property.

“Landlords who cautiously allow tenants to put their own stamp on a property could benefit from a lower turnover of tenants and an improved and well-maintained property at the end of the contract”.

Barber has also advised all landlords to ensure they have a detailed and precise inventory in place to note the condition of the property at the beginning and end of a tenancy.  This will not only be used as evidence if a dispute arises but will also outline what is expected of a tenant during their tenancy.

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