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What Tenants Look For In Rental Property?


If you are a landlord looking to let rental property, it makes sense to know what tenants look for in a rental property. Too many landlords have a pre-conceived notice of what their tenants want when in fact, tenants are looking for something entirely different. You need to appeal to the right tenants and attract prospective tenants to your listings, and knowing what tenants need is the ideal starting point.

It should go without saying that rental property should be clean and well-maintained when it is let. The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act forces landlords to offer sanitary living arrangements. However, you should look to provide a property that is well maintained and which appeals to tenants.

Always offer a clean and well-maintained property 

Taking the time to clean a property, or hire a professional to do so, while carrying out repairs and upgrades helps a landlord reach a better standard of tenants, and more willing tenants.

Location is critical, but remember that each person may be looking for something different. Some tenants thrive on the excitement of city life and appreciate being well-connected to shops, nightlife and transport. Other tenants want to find a home where they can escape from the world outside, relaxing in comfort.

If you are still looking for property to buy to let, consider who your ideal tenant would be and look for property in areas these people want to stay. If you already own the property you let, consider the location benefits your rental property offers, and reach out to tenants who want to enjoy these features and comforts at home.

Improve the security of the rental property

Make sure the house is secure. All tenants want safety and security at their rental accommodation. There are legal requirements regarding the safety of a house, but a good landlord will go beyond these recommendations, offering a home that stands out concerning security and peace of mind.

Make sure that you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted, and that they work. Ensure qualified professionals and landlords undertake electrical safety work are advised to be up to date concerning energy efficiency standards while ensuring the rental property has an EPC.

You also need to ensure that your rental property is affordable for the tenant you wish to let to. Each individual has their idea about what constitutes value for money, but it helps to look at market averages and consider where your rental property relates to these averages.

Tenants are also keen to know that they are dealing with a dependable landlord or letting agent company. If you choose a letting agent firm, select one with a suitable reputation which will cater to your tenant’s needs and requests. If you are a hands-on landlord, make sure you provide your tenants with a reliable standard of service and ensure you treat tenants with respect.

If you’re a landlord looking to know what tenants need or want from you, contact Moore & York. We are pleased to say we have helped many landlords connect with tenants, and we look forward to assisting you, so get in touch.

Leicester Office

Moore & York Lettings’ Leicester office caters for properties to rent in the city centre and covers a wide radius of towns and villages including Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Melton Mowbray and Oakham.

1 Rutland Street,

0116 275 63 60

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Loughborough Office

‘Moore and York Lettings’ Loughborough office caters for properties to rent in the town centre and covers a wide radius of towns and villages including Birstall, Coalville, Kegworth, West Bridgeford and Thrussington.

18 Devonshire Square,
LE11 3DT

01509 21 45 46