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Help! Obviously my ideal HMO tenant is one of those shiny, young ex-graduate professionals that you see smiling together over a BBQ in the adverts but gumtree & spareroom at the minute suggests its early 20s young factory workers with text speak replies.
I have a house with 3 of the shiny types late 20s-early 30s, lovely & respectful but I have a vacancy looming & I need to fill a room...
I am actually thinking about tenant mix, rather than anything else as I have another houseshare coming up in July that could take the 20 somethings. I do think it is more difficult to fill one room than start afresh with a new house. Should I keep my nerve & hold out or am I being too fussy?
What are your experiences? Tips?
Do the shiny professionals not have contacts ...
I've tried this route, thought I had someone then it fell through. Preferred method is friends of friends but hasnt worked out in this case unfortunately
In your experience have you ever just filled a room? Am I deliberating too much around whether they'd get on? I usually let the housemates have the final say but tbh they'd probably just say yes to everyone!
I find it very easy to fill rooms using SpareRoom.I've recently doubled my total void period from 1 day to 2 days in approx 170 room years.I keep the age below 40 who don't want to 'party' every night but I don't try to match people by interest or employed/student etc. It can be better to have a mix as the employed typically need to get into the bathroom early whilst the students get up later.I always give the current tenants the opportunity to be at the viewings but it is very rare that they want to be there.
I think I may be trying to meddle\engineer a bit too much tbh. There's 1 female & 2 male at the minute. I think I'm conscious of making sure my existing female tenant feels comfortable too
Thanks, needed that. I'm panicking as my 5 bed will be ready soon and just agreed what will be another 4 bed. I think I may be saturating my own market!
Why do you think you will be saturating your own market?
You've said it, is it in gest or are you serious?
If it's a gut instinct, I always find they're worth listening to.
No it is actually a bit of a gut feeling! I think its time to stop with the hmos. This will be 18 rooms in a small town
I think your gut instinct may be on to something there.
I heard a couple of EA's in my locale saying that the values of the properties mean only investors are buying now - that's worrying, and my gut instinct has put me off buying in that area as who would I sell it to if I decided to bail out?
So what's your gut instinct telling you about what you should do now?