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    Tenant wants new windows

    Hi, first post here please go easy, old terranced house tenant wants replacement upvc windows i have agreed to do the downstairs and she has offered to pay for the upstairs, is that a crazy idea to let her pay or shall i put up the rent, home i just below market value, good tenant been there 8 years.

    Thanks.

    #2
    What is the EPC rating of the property?

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      #3
      Double glazing makes relatively little difference to EPC but IMHO is a sensible repair to make.
      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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        #4
        I wonder if this may fall foul of the tenant fees act?

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          #5
          Originally posted by JK0 View Post
          I wonder if this may fall foul of the tenant fees act?
          Cant see that it would as that act isnt retrospectively applied to tenancies.
          Any posts by myself are my opinion ONLY. They should never be taken as correct or factual without confirmation from a legal professional. All information is given without prejudice or liability.

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            #6
            OP for what its worth, my view...dont let the tenant pay, and dont increase the rent.

            Rationale:
            1) Investing in UPVC replacement is a net benefit to the property in any event, and (at some point) will become part of a necessary repair to the property.
            2) Allowing the tenant to pay some of this is asking for later trouble in my view as regardless of the legalities you could put in place to allow it, it will inevitably end up as an "emotional" throwback for the tenant if there are issues in future.
            3) Personally, I wouldnt charge a rent increase to a good tenant - or at least certainly not a rent increase that isnt simply aligned to general rental increases over time.
            4) Supporting the request and paying yourself is sure to have positive views for the tenant and therefore increase their satisfaction in the property and with you as a landlord, and therefore hopefully continue to keep a good long term tenant.
            5) UPVC installation is tax deductable as maintenance under HMRC regs....
            Any posts by myself are my opinion ONLY. They should never be taken as correct or factual without confirmation from a legal professional. All information is given without prejudice or liability.

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              #7
              Thanks for the answers, its a epc band D, i didn't increase the rent for 6 years moved it with market 2 years ago, i bought the house to sell but couldn't so let it out, i built a house on the garden which i wanted to sell but again couldn't so i have rented that out 4 years ago.

              I will just pay for up and down stairs, i am looking at a exit plan but i don't wish to overload with questions

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                #8
                Definitely don't let the tenant do it or pay for it.

                If the tenant agrees in writing to a small rent increase variation to contract (that's not a fee - it is an altered service) then go ahead. The increase would be small though (maybe 1/200th of the cost of the work per rental month).

                If you are feeling charitable and its a great tenant and you would have done the work anyway in the near term then do what you want.

                If you conclude that the tenant fee act prohibits you from changing a fee in exchange for an improved service, then obviously do not offer an improved service (that is what how the government is wanting you to think). In that case explain that you would do it but the law prevents you from doing it in a mutually agreeable manner.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jmk72 View Post
                  i bought the house to sell but couldn't so let it out
                  When you come to sell it, the new windows will help.

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                    #10
                    thanks all

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