Some say that buying a house is a lifelong commitment, just like marriage. It is also considered as a rite of passage for wedded couples. But renters, regardless of social or relationship status, become lodged to the rental market for one good reason: they can walk away from it without a hitch. This begs us to the question, “Do renters lack commitment?”

Articles about tenants are very common in housing or rental property websites. You can see a renter’s engagement to his/her responsibility to the rental property after he/she leaves the premises. It is quite disheartening for a landlord or the owner to see that their unit is disrespected by their former tenants. Instances like these make property owners to be more careful in choosing prospective renters from their roster of applicants.

Tenants and Their Commitment Issues

Commitment issues are normally associated with romantic relationships. A person who has a fear of commitment can also experience such trepidation in other areas of life. For instance, renting his/her own place.

According to statistics, around 30 percent of tenants of house rentals, condo units and apartments are divorcees. More often than not, these rental properties are their go-to places during and after the divorce. Separate data show that they rent the place from three to six months on average, and then move to another house listing.

Tenants also get in and out of rental properties because of work. When their fear of commitment strikes, they tend to evade or turn down long-term projects. More often than not, this attitude greatly affects their job performance and efficiency at work.

Students who dreaded commitments don’t invest time and effort in re/decorating their units. When at school, they also don’t put much time and effort in achieving their desired academic or career paths. Usually, they think about the responsibilities or the burden prior to doing the things that will help advance their studies.

Moreover, long-term partners or couples in the dating stage don’t just decide to leave their units and settle under one roof. May it be because of commitment issues or not, this undertaking marks the first step of a more serious relationship.

According to psychologists, the primary reason why tenants, and other people in general, have problems committing to something is because of their attachment issues. Sometimes, this is caused by abuse, abandonment or parents’ marital problems.