Browse All Tribes or choose a Tribe below:
By signing up I agree to Property Tribes Terms and Conditions
Already a PT member? Log In
Sign Up With Facebook, Twitter, or Google
By signing up, I agree to Property Tribes Terms and Conditions
Already a PT member? Log In
Don't have an account? Sign Up
To reset your password just enter the email address you registered with and we'll send you a link to access a new password.
Just wondering what weird experiences you've had when showing tenants round properties and what's got your 'gut instinct' kicking into overdrive?
I think it is a vital part of the process to conduct your own viewings as you can find out, often without even asking questions, what sort of tenancy you may have.
I've done quite a few viewings over the years, and here are my turn-offs (no particular order):1. Dis-interested viewers. You know, the ones that look really bored when you're describing the property, appear like they don't give a monkeys, and look like they'd rather be somewhere else.
2. Body odour. Not experienced this one until today but my lord this guy absolutely stunk. He was a 6-footer - you could still smell him 6 feet away. When he left the room 5 minutes earlier and it still stinks of B.O. I dread to think what his room would smell like 1 year down the line.
3. Lieing. When you ask a question and get a strange response, then probe further and get even more strange responses/shiftiness.
4. No-shows - an easy one this. They don't get a second chance when I've texted them a few hours before, and received a response to say they'll be there.Any Tribers have their own findings on what gets their goat during viewings?
Hi Adam,This is an interesting topic for discussion so thank you for starting it.I totally agree about letting gut instinct guide you when meeting any new person that you may be entering into a commercial transaction with.All our properties are fully managed, but I ask the agent for a detailed description of the candidate and what they thought of them. I find I can get an idea of if the tenant is suitable by feedback from the agent. This is not fool-proof though, as we all know that the tenant who presents as an A1 candidate can turn out to be a nightmare, and the tenant who seems borderline okay can turn out to be a brilliant tenant. It's not an exact science and there are intangible aspects, often to do with the tenant's lifestyle, that you can not do due diligence on or get a heads up on.For instance, they might play the drums until 2.00 in the morning, or be a hoarder, or have OCD, or have an addiction problem, or let their dog cover the garden in dog doo doo and not clear it up.Checking their social media can help fill in some of the blanks and mid-term property inspections can ascertain how they are "living" in the property and how they are treating it.But, if your gut instinct is screaming at you not to let to them, then ignore it at your peril!!Some related discussions:How important is "gut instinct" in property & landlordism?Using Social Media To Reference TenantsTenant left 115 bottles of pee behind15 questions every landlord should ask prospective tenants
Vanessa Warwick Landlord and Co-Founder of PropertyTribes.com **If you have got value from Property Tribes, find out how you can support it in remaining a free to use community resource**