Regarding buying a Mattress for an existing tenant

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  • stuart123
    started a topic Regarding buying a Mattress for an existing tenant

    Regarding buying a Mattress for an existing tenant

    I have a HMO house with four tenants, a tenant has been recently there for 6months, She has asked us to buy a Orthopadic mattress as her Doctor advised her to sleep on Orthopadic mattress due to her back pain..
    We have bought a mattress for that room just two years back. This mattress is in good condition and doesn't have issues which is a memory foam mattress.
    Do we have to buy a new mattress for her. Are we obliged to buy a new mattress for the tenants, as we have already provided one.
    Also we buy a mattress, tomorrow other tenants may ask and this tenant can demand some other thing.

    Please kindly give your advice.

    Thanks


  • islandgirl
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    It may be that a special mattress topper is available for her condition and may be another option? Along with the others above, I would not agree to replace it in this circumstance.

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  • stuart123
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    Thankyou for your good solution.

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  • bluebonnie
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    Suggest you point out to the tenant that putting a board between the mattress and the bed is better (and cheaper) than buying a brand new "orthopaedic" mattress. And no implications for storage of the current mattress. Ask tenant to provide her own board.

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  • DPT57
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    You have no obligation to buy a new mattress under these circumstances and no obligation to store your existing mattress elsewhere if she buys her own. This is her problem and she should deal with it. You just make clear that she must store your mattress in a clean, dry, heated space and cover it.

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  • stuart123
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    The tenant has requested us to buy the mattress, saying that if she buys she can't take it anywhere when she moves house because of the size. We strictly told we can't buy as we just bought the mattress about a year ago.

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  • Macromia
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    I agree with Jon, if your tenant buys their own mattress, you should make arrangements to store your mattress elsewhere.

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  • Jon66
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    Actually Stuart I don't think asking her to store the mattress in her room is acceptable.

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  • stuart123
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    Thankyou. Actually there is no space anywhere in the house, so I have to arrange to keep in her room vertically, requesting her to cover the mattress.

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  • Macromia
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    Hopefully, if you have told the tenant that she can buy her own mattress, you have made sure she understands that she should not throw your mattress out!
    If you can, it would be best to arrange to store this elsewhere if she does purchase her own mattress.

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  • stuart123
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    Thanks Macromia for the kind reply.

    I will kindly answer her without hearting that as we have already purchased the mattress two years back and it is in good condition, we can't buy another one and if we start buying for one person we have to keep buying for another tenants as well which is not possible. We understand the backpain issue, u are welcome to buy yours and take it with you and when u plan to move.
    Please let me know if is fine.

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  • Macromia
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    If the mattress you supplied is in good condition I see no reason why you should replace it.

    Even if the back pain the tenant is experiencing (which I'm assuming they aren't trying to say has been caused by your mattress) can be classed as a disability, my understanding is that you only have to make reasonable adjustments.
    In this case a reasonable adjustment would be to agree to store your own mattress elsewhere and let the tenant buy their own mattress, at their expense. When the tenant moves out they can take their mattress with them, so will continue to benefit from it.

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