Despite frequent stories in the media concerning unscrupulous or so-called 'rogue' landlords, new evidence suggests that the vast majority of tenants are in fact happy with their experience of the private rented market.
A survey by the National Landlord Association (NLA) revealed that 79 per cent of tenants say they are satisfied with their current landlord.
This is leading to tenants often staying put in the same property for a significant length of time, said the NLA.
The survey found that 46 per cent of tenants have lived in their current rental home for four or more years and a further 24 per cent have lived in their current accommodation between two and four years.
And of the 64 per cent of tenants who have terminated previous tenancies, the majority have done so for personal reasons.
"Tenants have high expectations of their rental experience and so I’m delighted to report that the majority are satisfied with their landlords," said David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA.
"There are many landlords who take great professional strides to ensure they are doing the best by their tenants - it’s good to see their efforts come to fruition."
One reason for high levels of satisfaction among tenants could be that despite reports of rents rising to record highs, 63 per cent of tenants say that their rent remains the same as this time last year.
"With the cost of living increasing for everyone in the UK, it's encouraging that many landlords are not seeking to impose an additional financial burden onto their tenants," added Mr Salusbury.
Meanwhile, another way landlords can help keep their tenants satisfied is to respond quickly to any problems with the property.
Taking out landlord emergency insurance could help them do this by making sure any emergency repairs to the property are carried out as soon as possible by a qualified professional.
Posted by Megan Statham