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Old 11th January 2011, 01:46 PM
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I am both a tenant and a landlord.

As a landlord I feel very insecure and at the mercy of tenants who might not pay rent and trash the place. I've been lucky - it's never happened to me but it has most certainly happened to friends of mine.

As a tenant I can not pay the rent if I so choose and I can trash the place and ****** off if I choose.

I would rather be a tenant than a landlord any day.

If I didn't have friends as agents looking after my house in the UK I wouldn't let it - the risks are just too great.
Even with agents you can run into problems. We rented our cottage on a short-term basis pending sale when we first left the UK and as we wouldn't be there to keep an eye on things we used a local agent.
The agent provided us with a tenant and assured us she had excellent references.
Not only did the agency not do the things they said they would -transfer utilities accounts, collect rent on time - it transpired that they knew that the tenant, a Polish thief, was dodgy, as they later admitted when the police were involved in the theft by her of my credit card.
I ended up paying water, gas and electricity bills for one quarter but declined to pay the remaining quarter's bills so I'm probably UK blacklisted.....
I've been both landlord and tenant and like you I know which I prefer of the two.

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