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

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    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.
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

    Comment


      #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?

      Comment


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

        Comment


          #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?
          To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

          Comment


            #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...

            Comment


              #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.

              Comment


                #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).

                Comment

                Latest Activity

                Collapse

                • Reply to Is time more important than money?
                  by Lawcruncher
                  I am not suggesting it is the landlord's fault. I am just saying that, in some cases, if a tenant feels secure he is more likely to take care of a place....
                  27-01-2022, 23:02 PM
                • Is time more important than money?
                  by jpucng62
                  Just had tenants move out of a property after 2 years. Always paid on time, perfectly pleasant young family who have now bought their own home BUT:

                  House was grimy - looks like they didn't clean properly in 2 years rather than anything overtly unpleasant
                  Garden was left in a mess...
                  27-01-2022, 17:20 PM
                • Reply to Tenant not paying and letting agent mismanaged
                  by MdeB
                  That is because you have to do things properly for S21 to be valid.

                  Do everything properly and the S21 is valid.
                  Get one thing wrong and it is invalid. There are many things to get right....
                  27-01-2022, 22:54 PM
                • Tenant not paying and letting agent mismanaged
                  by Beeble
                  We rented a flat out with the local branch of a national estate agent. They were charging a very low fee (that should’ve had my alarm bells ringing) and had a tenant immediately available. This was Dec2020/Jan2021 and the tenancy paperwork they sent to me was minimal.

                  Tenant moved in...
                  25-01-2022, 15:37 PM
                • Reply to Deducting Cleaning Costs from Deposit
                  by Lawcruncher
                  The requirement comes from the tenancy terms. There are various reasons why a contract term may be void or unenforceable. They include: illegal; impossible; contrary to public policy; statute forbids them to be imposed; unfair. A requirement to keep a dwelling clean and leave it it clean is none of...
                  27-01-2022, 22:20 PM
                • Deducting Cleaning Costs from Deposit
                  by Piffy
                  I use a Letting Agent. Recently the tenants vacated, prior to the tenants leaving when the letting agent did an inspection they advised the tenants that the property would need cleaning before they vacated. The tenants have now left, the place does need a good clean, the Letting Agents have said that...
                  27-01-2022, 11:30 AM
                • Reply to Inherited a few rentals
                  by AndrewDod
                  Almost everything is telling you to sell them - far away, no experience, higher rate taxpayer, current environment
                  27-01-2022, 22:04 PM
                • Inherited a few rentals
                  by Landlord7289
                  Hoping for some advice on this situation from people who may have been through similar...

                  I am inheriting 4 rental properties from my late father. Are there any tips or ideas people would share about this situation?

                  My situation is I am early 30s in full time employment, live...
                  25-01-2022, 15:02 PM
                • Reply to Deducting Cleaning Costs from Deposit
                  by DoricPixie
                  Lawcruncher,

                  Why does a tenant need to leave the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness if the property wasn't in a reasonable state of cleanliness at the start of the tenancy? Where does the requirement come from? The deposit protection schemes don't appear to take that approach...
                  27-01-2022, 21:11 PM
                • Reply to Tenant has moved partner in.
                  by Hudson01
                  Totally agree, the classic - still the best. They sound like a nightmare and i would be looking to get rid as soon as i could whilst we still have S21, removing kitchen cupboards !!! In a 2 bed flat...... why the hell would you remove part of a fitted kitchen, what are you going to do with the space....
                  27-01-2022, 20:41 PM
                Working...
                X