Would tenants prefer electric or gas cooker/heating?

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  • quarterday
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    We've experimented with the large Electric Boilers that are supposedly very efficient, heating hot water at cheap rate and pumping it round during the day but tenants dont seem at all enthusiastic and gas central heating seems to be the option of choice. All new boilers installed are Grade A condensing combis; which are supposed to be more efficient but in terms of reliability an old Potterton (20 + years old) can and typically outlast these more recent and complex devices without breakdown.

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  • jeffrey
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    Spam smuggling reported. Mandie: please remove your unauthorised link.

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  • mandie
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    eletric all the way i say, its safer easier to install no yearly/6 monthly service costs, we specialise in "green " electric heating and have some very good nice looking electric rads filled with thermo dynamic fluid which are very economical to run with built in timers that can be set every hour of every day in a week so you have complete control, also if you have electric heating contact your electricity supplier and you can get low rates as we ourselves have done and we have 0.09 kw p/h have a look at our website www.greenenergyshropshire.co.uk it gives you all the information you need on there.

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  • jeffrey
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    A mains-gas supply in flats is often still regarded as a risk, even with natural gas as opposed to 'town' gas.

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  • mind the gap
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    It can depend on the kind of tenants you have. Students don't care either way as long as it works. Gas is not such a good idea in HMOs full of individual Ts (as opposed to a family or a group of friends) as it carries a higher risk of fire/explosion. People who like cooking generally prefer gas, or ceramic/halogen but not electricity, given the choice. I agree with islandgirl : gas hob, + electric fan oven.

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  • Terry_Baker
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    My property has gas central heating and an electric hob! Never had any complaints or anyone put off by the fact.

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  • moleie
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    gas hobs are far more attractive for cooking, when I was a student that was something I always looked for when renting a place. with heating however I've read that many people actually prefere electric heaters. This article on central heaters vs electric heaters definatly seems to suggst electric. I hope that helps.

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  • islandgirl
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    for ease of use convenience and warmth - gas gas and gas. We have calor in a property with no mains gas (and in our home) because it is so much better than electricity. Gas hob, electric oven every time.

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  • robstag
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    gas for heating definetily

    Although electric is the cheaper option, gas is cheaper in the long run, running costs are far lower = happier tenants, and when the boiler breaks down (they always do!) finding a gas man is easier than having an electric one repaired - I know I am gas safe registered and one of my ll's have a property with electric boiler and we are about to bin it before winter comes.......

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  • jeffrey
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    I prefer an electric cooker- safer, and nothing to blow out in a draught either.

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  • P.Pilcher
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    An electric cooker is always the best option in a rented property as no annual, expensive "Gas Safe" inspection is required. Of course, such an inspection can be tagged onto an inspection for a gas heating system at little extra cost, but unless other gas appliances are installed, a gas cooker will cost at least £50 per annum in inspection costs!

    P.P.

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  • Ericthelobster
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    Originally posted by jghomer View Post
    I personally dislike electric cookers, but have houses with both types and have never had anyone decline to rent because of an electric cooker.

    I'd go with the cheapest option, which sounds like electric so you don't have to re-pipe the gas.

    And if your property is electrically heated you'll do away with gas cert :-)
    I agree with the above; except that electric may well be a more expensive option as for a hob a dedicated electrical circuit will be needed, so may require some rewiring to be done if not already present (whereas it sounds as if the gas is already in place. more or less).

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  • jghomer
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    I personally dislike electric cookers, but have houses with both types and have never had anyone decline to rent because of an electric cooker.

    I'd go with the cheapest option, which sounds like electric so you don't have to re-pipe the gas.

    And if your property is electrically heated you'll do away with gas cert :-)

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  • SALL
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    Would T prefer electric or gas cooker?

    I am doing up a house to rent out. The current Gas supply to the cooker in steel and I would need to upgrade that to copper, if I was to use gas for the cooker.

    But then I thought, wouldn't it be simpler to get electric cooker and hob?

    What do you lot thing about electric cooker in a rental property. I've never used electric, so no idea if they any good or not.

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  • westminster
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    p.s. I don't know whether this is an absurd suggestion, but it might be possible to have communal gas central heating/hot water, perhaps a giant boiler located in the attic, which would eliminate the gas safety inspections. But would also mean that when it went wrong, you'd have four unhappy tenants on your hands...

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