Date Published 06 April 2019
There are many factors that contribute to what makes a house a home, and while tenants renting a property want to feel at home, they also have a checklist of requirements to meet their needs.
With rising rental prices and expectations, long gone are the days of negligent landlords and poorly equipped properties. Here, the team at Belvoir reveal exactly what tenants want from a rental home.
1. A clean and contemporary home
'Without doubt today's tenants are a lot more discerning than they used to be and the standard of accommodation that they're looking for is very high,' says Melanie Carter, owner of Belvoir Evesham. 'Most of the tenants we deal with are looking for modern and up-to-date properties, with contemporary bathrooms and kitchens. Of course, some will prefer older style properties but they will still expect high standards – there's a big difference between a good quality character property and one that is tired and run down.'
And of course, a property needs to be clean too. It should be spotless at the start of your tenancy, especially the bathroom, kitchen and in-built appliances, such as cookers and ovens. Melanie adds: 'In order to achieve a pristine property, some landlords choose to commission a professional cleaning company between tenancies.'
2. Minimum wear and tear
A property should be well looked after by its previous occupiers, and often, tenants will want to put their own stamp on it. 'We sometimes find that tenants desire the freedom to re-decorate the property themselves with the landlord's approval,' says Melanie. 'Not all landlords will agree to this but it can work out well and be mutually beneficial to both parties if managed carefully.'
3. Speed at resolving maintenance issues
Knowing that maintenance issues will be seen to at speed is another essential requirement. Melanie adds: 'This becomes particularly pertinent if an issue occurs involving heating or water – understandably they won't wait.'
4. Efficient ways to keep costs down
Households are becoming more eco-conscious, so environmentally-friendly properties are a bonus. 'Tenants are always keen to know how much a property is going to cost them and most are eager to keep utility costs low,' explains Melanie. 'Popular ways to keep a property's temperature up and costs down include adding double glazing, updating the heating system, installing room thermostats and programmers, plus introducing loft and cavity wall insulation.'
5. Great outdoor space
Low maintenance outdoor space and a garage are general requirements from tenants, but of course, this is all very much dependent on available space and location of the property.
6. Good safety and security
Like with all properties, safety and security is a big factor, especially having secure locks on all doors and windows, a burglar alarm, double glazing, outside security lighting, smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector. It should also be noted that certain safety measures, including an annual gas safety check, smoke alarms on all floors and carbon monoxide detectors in rooms with solid fuel appliances, are required by law.
7. Added extras
Basic necessities in any property include a telephone line and internet access, and Melanie reveals that 'most will ask about the internet speed they can expect before committing to a property'. Tenants are also impressed if a property offers Sky TV, underfloor heating, a dishwasher or other modern gadgets and appliances.
8. Accessible and approachable landlords
Tenants wants to feel happy and at home in their rented property, and so landlords are expected to be fair and proactive. A good landlord should care about the infrastructure of the property and the level of comfort during a tenant's stay. 'False promises, untimely repairs and limited communication will not make for a good landlord/tenant relationship,'
Source: House Beautiful