Every landlord has lost sleep worrying about what goes on in their rental property when they’re not around.
There’s always a flicker of fear that a tenant – no matter how trustworthy they seem – might turn out to be a nightmare and cause damage to the property.
But carpet stains and chipped paint could be the least of a landlord’s worries in the scheme of things.
If criminals use your property for illegal activity, you could wind up with an expensive repair bill and a starring role in a court case. (And if the property is designated a crime scene, it could be off-limits for weeks while police investigate.)
While most tenants are law-abiding citizens, with criminals employing ever more sophisticated tactics, it’s worth being on your guard.
Rental properties are sometimes used for:
What to do if you’re suspicious
Don’t bury your head in the sand. If the authorities can prove you were aware of the illegal activity taking place at your property but took no action, there could be severe repercussions.
Contact the relevant authority and keep a note of what you’ve seen or heard (but don’t play detective, leave that to the experts).
Look out for
If this all feels like a tall order, you could get an experienced letting agent to manage your property.
That way, you can sleep easy knowing that your investment is safe.
From all of us here at Village Properties, don’t have nightmares and thanks for reading.
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