Shed on property is at end of life - disagreement over replace/remove

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    Shed on property is at end of life - disagreement over replace/remove

    The shed on my rented property has reached the end of its life. It was old when I moved into the house 10 years ago and the property has now been rented out since 2015. Both I and my tenant have repainted each year to protect it but it is just knackered. Went for an inspection last week and the tenant showed me how the back is rotting and there is now a hole in the roof.

    The tenant has asked for it to be replaced as they are worried its not safe and that the stuff they have stored in there might get damaged by weather. I've had a look at sheds and to replace it with something similar (8X6) is going to run me about £600 once removal and assembly is all done.

    Ive offered instead to get rid of the shed and replace it with one of those small little plastic things that you can fit a lawnmover and a couple of small tools in. With the size of the garden that is all thats really needed (single patch of grass about 20x20" - no beds)

    The tenant is arguing that its not an adequate replacement as they use the shed for storage and would be loosing that if I do not replace like for like.

    This isn't really covered by the lease and my letting agent is fairly useless and has no advice.

    Any suggestions?

    #2
    You were silly to provide it, weren't you? Now that you have, you have to maintain/replace it. Maybe suggest a small rent reduction to make up for the loss of it.

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      #3
      JK0. It was there when I bought the property in 2009, what was I supposed to do? Knock it down before renting the house out?

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        #4
        No but you could have excluded it from the T!

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          #5
          Originally posted by barry876 View Post
          JK0. It was there when I bought the property in 2009, what was I supposed to do? Knock it down before renting the house out?
          Yup. It couldn't have been in marvellous shape in 2015, could it?

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            #6
            I find if you try to wriggle out of what most people consider reasonable and fair (eg replace Shed, no questions asked, apologise to tenant) then the other party will try to wriggle out likewise. Treat people decently and there's just a chance they might treat you likewise...

            Memo to myself: Must do something about those 3 tatty old sheds in the north of Scotland ....
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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              #7
              Originally posted by barry876 View Post
              JK0. It was there when I bought the property in 2009, what was I supposed to do? Knock it down before renting the house out?
              As another post has stated, i would have. If its there and provided then really is needs to be maintained and/or replaced when it comes to the end of its useful life..... i.e now. The more you provide (inside and out) the more you are responsible for.

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                #8
                Just replace the shed and accept the cost.
                Next time exclude the shed if you want, but build in a replacement into your planning, along with everything else you’ll need to do every few years.
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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