Nearly three-quarters (73%) of landlords say their rental properties are returned to them in an average or poor condition when the tenants move out.
While only 5% state that properties vacated by tenants are usually complete wrecks, four out of ten landlords (41%) said they have had, on at least one occasion, a rental property returned to them in such a bad condition that the property has required a full refurbishment.
Only a quarter (27%) of landlords say their properties are normally vacated in a good condition.
More than a quarter (29%) said they spent at least £1,000 bringing the property back up to the condition it was in at the start of the tenancy, with 10% revealing the repair bill was £2,500 or more.
The research was done by estate agent review website MeetMyAgent.co.uk