A landlord and tenant having a disagreement


A growing number of tenants and landlords are falling out with one another due to a range of issues, according to new research.


Almost half (49%) of UK tenants admit that they have fallen out or argued with their landlord in the past, the research by lighting experts Lightbulbs Direct has revealed.


Cleaning, maintenance issues, decorating and home improvements are some of the reasons behind landlord and tenant disputes.


89% of people would consider moving out of their home if they had a poor relationship with their landlord. Furthermore, 18% of tenants said that their landlord is unapproachable.


The top 5 reasons that tenants call landlords are to fix a damaged window (66%), seek consent to decorate (49%), regarding broken appliances (46%), unblock a plug or toilet and clean a dirty property (33%).


Asking for help when hanging photos and wall art (16%), tightening screws on a doorframe (8%) and asking for help moving furniture around the property (7%) are some of the more unusual reasons for tenants calling their landlords.


The research also revealed that younger people are more likely to have a disagreement with their landlord.


65% of 18 to 24 year olds and 66% of 25 to 34 year olds have argued with their landlord in the past. This is in comparison to 36% of 55 to 64 year olds and 34% of people aged 65 and above.


However, landlords are not the only ones who can be difficult as 24% of tenants surveyed had missed a rental payment in the past.


44% of those between the ages of 25 and 34 years old have missed a rental payment whereas only 5% of those over 65 have done the same.


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