Noisy, complaining, messy tenants are every landlord's nightmare - but recent research from the National Landlords Association (NLA) suggests that this type of problem tenancy is far from the norm.
According to the NLA, less than five per cent of the more than two million private tenancies across the country actually present major problems for landlords.
The success of most tenancies can be attributed to the positive, considerate attitudes of both landlords and tenants, the NLA states.
"It's in the best interests of both landlord and tenant to make things work. Mutual respect, good communication and attention to detail go a long way towards setting the relationship on a good footing," comments David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA.
Nonetheless, a third of landlords did say they had had to resort to the courts at some point to evict a tenant.
"It's once in a blue moon that things go as badly wrong as that," Mr Salusbury reassures landlords, however.Click here to find the best deal on landlord insurance - in case you're not as lucky as most.
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