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Midweek Home: Tenants from hell can take a terrible toll.

SHE cheats,lies,and has worked as a prostitute.

And a recent survey has found that EastEnders'`bad girl'Janine Butcher reminds 60% of landlords of their own bad tenant.

The survey,conducted by Landlord Action, which offers help to landlords with problem tenants throughout England and Wales,asked landlords who their bad tenant reminded them of.

Sixty per cent chose Janine Butcher, 35% went for Corrie teens Sarah Louise Platt and Todd Grimshaw and 5% voted for Gary and Tony from Men Behaving Badly.

Landlord Action director Johnathan Chippeck says: ``The results of this survey highlight the strain many landlords are under. Janine Butcher is not a pleasant character, she wrecks lives, cheats,lies,and has worked as a prostitute.

``The young teenagers in Coronation Street, whoa re having difficulty paying their rent; and the two guys from Men Behaving Badly who were often untidy and unpleasant, reminded a fair number of our landlords of their own problem tenants. But far and away the character who elicited the strongest response was Janine Butcher, who was considered wicked and manipulative.

``The tragedy is, that out in the real world,away from the fantasy of film and television,our land-lords are having to deal with people like that and it isn't pleasant.''

When asked who their ideal tenants would be, landlords chose television characters from across the Atlantic.

Despite her odd ways, Monica Bing and her husband Chandler from American sit-comFriends were considered to be fair,honest and tidy.

The professional couple won 65% of the votes in the telephone survey, while domestic goddess Nigella Lawson brought in 25% and popular Geordie presenters Ant and Dec polled 10%.

According to landlords, while they would barely expect Janine Butcher to pay her rent at all, the Bings would probably never get behind in their payments.

But this caricature of good and bad tenants does not always run to type in real life.

``Unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical bad tenant,'' says Mr Chippeck.``If there was,it would make a landlord's life a lot easier because he could just avoid them.

``We have seen all sorts in this office,including professional people like teachers and legal clerks who you might expect to behave decently,but who are just as likely to stop paying their rent as the so-called `typicalproblem' types.

``The fact is, you have to be careful when you take on any tenant,and get them properly referenced.''

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 17, 2003
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