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A website that encourages tenants to rate' their private landlords says some 14 per cent of tenants do not even bother to visit the property which they go on to rent.

Rentalraters.com says the majority of private tenants spend very little time inspecting a property before making it their home.

Over 50 per cent will say yes to a new home after less than 20 minutes in the property, 19 per cent will do so after a viewing which lasts less than ten minutes and 14 per cent of tenants will never even visit the property.

The large majority of tenants - 64 per cent - make only one visit to a property before committing to it.

However, this research is based on a very small sample of 172 tenants and was conducted online only.


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    Agree with Daniel; the small sample population suggests that the survey is not representative of UK tenants, it's a better indicator of the behaviour of rentalrater.com users.

    • 15 October 2014 08:40 AM
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    Daniel I agree with your comments re: small survey and also re: tenants moving in without having viewed the property. My concern is what quality of tenant would do this and what quality of letting agent they are renting from. We flatly refuse to offer a tenancy unless the prospective tenant has viewed the property.

    • 14 October 2014 14:25 PM
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    Far too small a sample to draw any real conclusions. However, it does seem quite ridiculous that tenants would rent blind. I know competition is fierce when it comes to rental properties, particularly in London, but I couldn't imagine moving into a place I'd never seen before.

    • 14 October 2014 09:55 AM
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