We had a place like that (3 bed semi), a few moves back. Went for a viewing - writing on the walls, doorways missing, bodged plasterboard repairs etc..looked a RIGHT tip. Bathroom had a wee-soaked carpet etc. Put the other 3 couples off it mind. We thought "hell with it" and went for it.
Landlord had the place fixed up and the bathroom carpet ripped out, a nice laminate floor put in there and a power shower, as he was so pleased we'd taken it on and weren't DSS, as he put it. Was a nice place! Wish we'd never moved, TBQH. Now on house/cottage/flat #4, and the next move will hopefully be a buy job. If we can get a mortgage. Properties by me are quite cheap!