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Would you let to this tenant?

Were you enticed by the article thumbnail?

You don’t have to look for very long to see that it’s not the interior of an actual house, but you might still mistake it for a model of an open-plan new-build. That is, until you notice the artwork – contemporary minimalist, from the ‘massive bird vs. tiny cat’ school. And the bird feeder taking up a lot of the kitchen.

Yes, this is a birdhouse. A luxury bird house, in fact, designed by Swedish hardware chain Clas Ohlson, from whose Facebook page the plans can be downloaded.

As the company itself says:

“…Clas Ohlson's ultimate bird house [is] complete with infinity dipping pool and en-tweet master bedroom, built to encourage more birds back into homeowner's green spaces.”


With recent research by the RSPB showing that many UK bird species are in decline, this is something we should be happy to see in gardens. If you’re unconvinced, you only need to look at the bullfinch enjoying himself in the premium arboreal suite to see how charming it is.


However, this picture got me thinking: have years of my landlord sense tingling left me jaded? All I could think about was what an awful mess that particular tenant would leave such a pristine property in!

It’s a nightmare vision for a landlord: a well-presented tenant makes a great first impression, only to leave the property covered with bird-muck, feathers and claw marks by the week’s end. And as for taking him to court for repair costs – forget about it. A tenant like that is a huge flight risk.

If your tolerance for cutesy bird-puns has reached its beak (sorry), I’ll move on:

We encourage providing the best service and nicest property you can. It attracts better tenants who stay longer, take better care of the property and pay the rent in full every month. But there’s always the risk of a renting to a bad egg (sorry), despite your best efforts. To help avoid them:

  • always reference your tenants thoroughly;
  • always take a deposit and place it in a deposit protection scheme;
  • always have a well-written tenancy agreement; and
  • always stay on top of tenancy law so that you know your legal rights and obligations

I can feel more bad jokes coming. I advise you tern away from the screen.


Photographs by Tom Jackson, kindly supplied by Clas Ohlson UK

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Amelia Vargo is an online marketing executive for CT Capital. Amelia writes for Turnkey Mortgages, Turnkey Landlords, TurnKey Bridging, TurnKey Life and Commercial Trust.