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Reader Letter: The majority of tenants are well behaved

PUBLISHED: 10:49 22 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:54 22 June 2018

Residents in West Earlham have been complaining about students littering and being disruptive. Picture: Archant

Residents in West Earlham have been complaining about students littering and being disruptive. Picture: Archant

Archant

One reader thinks a few people are giving tenants in general a bad name.

As a landlord managing a number of rental properties in Earlham and West Earlham (including one of the properties photographed in your report), I took particular interest in the paper’s feature on complaints from local residents about the behaviour of student tenants.

I must say, however, that the views of the local residents (who complained of excessive noise and vandalism) differed vastly from my own experiences of the area. By contrast, I have found the vast majority of my tenants to be well-behaved and responsible adults, who have no intention of causing distress to their neighbours.

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Of course, there is some responsibility on landlords here, and our contracts clearly specify that tenants are obliged to behave responsibly and considerately, with late night and loud parties being completely prohibited. On the rare occasions I have found that students have organised disruptive parties, I have been quick to take action (including charging clean-up fees).

Furthermore, the residents of West Earlham would do well to remember that the market for student lets has hugely increased economic activity in the area. Your report quotes a resident who is considering relocating — with one of the most vibrant market for student lets, at least they will have no trouble selling up.

Do you agree with our reader? Let us know in the comments below or write to us at edpletters@archant.co.uk

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