The majority of tenants in Liverpool don’t want longer tenancies according to a local estate agent.
Peter Bellamy, director at Northwood’s Liverpool branch, was speaking following comments from housing minister Gary Barwell, who is behind the concept of longer tenancies for renters in the private sector.
In response to a question in the House of Commons from Conservative Julian Knight, Barwell said he was in the process of investigating how to make longer tenancies easier to obtain for renters.
However Peter, who heads up Northwood’s West Derby office, believes just having the right to remain is enough for tenants should they need it.
Peter says: “The fact is that most tenants don’t want longer tenancies, just the right to remain should they need to.
“An average tenancy lasts around 18 months and it is in the landlords interest to renew or face void periods, so in the majority of cases landlords are keen to renew tenancies.”
“Landlords will usually renew a tenancy unless the tenant is in breach of their agreement (typically falling into arrears or failing to maintain the state and condition of the property).
“In my experience it is usually tenants that seek break clauses allowing them the flexibility to move as is often required by their employer or should their financial situation change. Legislation to interfere with minimum terms is wholly unnecessary.”