Landlords show that Gender Matters even when Renting

13 August 2012 Categories: News

Landlords show that Gender Matters even when Renting

The online self-service letting agent, Upad, recently asked nearly 900 landlords ‘who makes the best tenants?’ and it seems that the vast majority answered the question by specifying a gender. A later question asked whether gender was an issue when choosing a tenant and an incredible 58% of landlords said that it was a genuine concern.

The results of the survey that have been released don’t mention whether males or females came out on top however some of the reasons for choosing each of the genders were. For example, those in favour of male tenants generally quoted maintenance skills as the reason whereas those landlords who prefer to let to females do so because they tend to keep the property cleaner, they enjoy gardening more and they have a better grasp of their finances!

When asked about the reasoning behind the question, CEO of Upad, James Davis said, “Who’s the better sex – men or women is probably one of the oldest debates in the book. Like it or not, gender can sometimes be a deciding factor in whether a person makes the cut even in the rental arena. In our survey, we really wanted to see if the sex of a prospective tenant actually matters to landlords and from our research it appears that it does.”