How to be an excellent landlord (Christmas sherry not mandatory) | Penny Anderson

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Encouraging good tenants to stay saves you bother and fees, so here are 10 tips to help buy-to-letters be more kind and tolerant

He’s been at it again. The poster boy for terrible landlords, Fergus Wilson, is being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for refusing to house and issuing notices to single mothers. This is the man who rejected people of colour as tenants, due to “the curry smell”.

There are, however, many good reasons for more decent people to become landlords – including the sorry state of current pension provision. Given that our society relies on the private sector for housing, we need landlords. But we need good ones. So how, apart from not imitating the foul, sulphurous stench of Wilson’s prejudice, should landlords behave?

Treat letting homes like a business, not as if you are graciously allowing strangers to stay in your home

Related: Landlords react with fury to three-year tenancy plans

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