Women make best property landlords – say women

They also felt that female landlords were likely to pay more attention to detail, spending more time and money on aesthetics and the "little touches" which made a home more comfortable.

The respondents to the survey also felt that female landlords saw their lettings as a "people business", viewing their tenants as customers. Better communication and a more supportive approach to dealing with their tenants were both held up as differences when compared to male landlords.

Interestingly those who replied to the survey also indicated that women landlords would be less likely to delegate tasks to other people (trades people or tenants) than male landlords.

Lucy Morton, President, ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents), said: "I have been working in the lettings industry for 26 years and it has definitely been female dominated during that time. One of the reasons for that, I feel, is that attention to detail and aftercare for the client has always been at the forefront of the female mindset.

"And certainly that is a key element in ARLA recently introducing its licensing campaign for letting agents, in that the consumer must always be the centre of attention and standards of professionalism across the sector must be maintained to the highest standards."

National Landlords Association Chairman David Salusbury said: "From the research it is difficult to know definitively whether men and women run their lettings businesses differently.

"However, the respondents to the NLA survey certainly seem to feel that female landlords are more approachable, better organised and especially sympathetic. Whatever a landlord’s gender, the greatest skills for all property managers have to be flexibility and calmness in a crisis. After all, when you own and manage property anything can happen."

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