A north of England letting agent has made an outspoken attack on “bad tenants’ who hide behind apparent “legal loopholes.”
Tariq Zarin of Tanzys Properties, quoted in the publication Asian Image, says many tenants abuse the system by not paying rent and then contact local councils or the police for help.
“They abuse certain acts .... to their advantage against landlords. Landlords need to be very careful because it can be a very expensive mistake, picking the wrong tenants. The law also protects them more than the landlords.”
Asian Image says Zarin wants landlords or investors to step up reference checking and to consider using guarantors. He also wants agents to regularly visit let properties.
“It's important that we pre-empt disaster, and the difficulty of evicting tenants. We always deal with problems quickly because if we ignore them, they will only get worse.
“We try to avoid a confrontation with your tenants and try to be reasonable. Often you can resolve a problem by talking to them” he says.