Despite the severe shortage of properties, both to buy and rent, you would imagine that as a tenant, once you secure a property, you would do everything in your power to make sure you keep hold of it!
However, according to recent research by the National Landlords Association, 36% of landlords have experienced their property being abandoned by a tenant.
Abandonment, when your tenant leaves the property before the end of the tenancy without notifying the landlord or management agent, is one of the most frustrating situations a landlord can find themselves in, especially as it often occours when there is outstanding rent due on the property.
The area most prone to abandoning tenants is the North East, where a shocking 58% of landlords admit to being victims of disappearing tenants at some stage. The South West has the lowest figures, with only 31% of landlords reporting that they have had to deal with this situation.
Frustratingly, when a tenant abandons a property, they still have the legal right to return to the property and take up residence at any time. As a landlord, there is nothing that can be done to prevent this, and it is a criminal offence to try. The only option is to regain legal possession of the property.
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