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    Our property was let part furnished however upon leaving the Ex. tenant took it upon himself to relieve us of the white goods and wooden blinds.

    The dishwasher, washing machine, 2 x fridge freezers and wooden blinds throughout were actually ones purchased when the property was our main residence but going forward any replacements will be purchased for the intention of rental only.

    As such could you more experienced landlords advise:

    What white goods are required for "part furnished" status?

    What window coverings are best / most practical / economical etc - blinds / curtains?

    As the property was originally let part furnished soley through circumstance of us already having the items in our home I also wonder is it considered a worthwhile exercise to go "part furnished" rather than "unfurnished"?

    I have no idea of difference with regard to potential rent etc.

    #2
    It depends on your local market.
    Mine seems expect a fridge freezer and washing machine as an "unfurnished" property.

    Blinds not curtains and it varies - usually whats been left behind (have had to add some blind safety hook things in the past).

    Check ads for similar properties at similar rents in the area.
    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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      #3
      Trust you've reported the thefts to police
      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
        Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
        Trust you've reported the thefts to police
        I posted elsewhere on here and feedback was a mix of its not worth it as nothing will happen (plus police will treat as a tenancy issue) and its worth doing to get a crime number.

        Not going to claim on insurance given excess etc. The fridge freezers value second hand / age considered probably only £100 and blinds value hard to say as were each approx £200 (x 4) when fitted 17 years ago.

        Would it be an idea to report fr any other reason if Police wouldn't do anything?

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          #5
          Hope you held on to the deposit

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            #6
            Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
            Hope you held on to the deposit
            Letting Agent contacted tenant who agreed to 50% deduction on basis of check out inspection report but Agent has now submitted a request to deposit holding scheme requesting full £900 be withheld and advises that even if they appeal and it goes to arbitration it should not be an issue as missing goods aside, the cleaning and redecorating required as a direct result of tenant alone will be approx £3000.

            So a fridge freezer and washing machine along with maybe roller blinds would be adequate for part furnished.

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              #7
              I describe my property as unfurnished (despite the white goods).
              There's so much ambiguity in the term "part furnished" that it's just not a satisfactory description.
              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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                #8
                I think part-furnished is an odd concept - why would tenants have some stuff but not all? Many people are seasoned renters and they have their own stuff - I would much rather have my own furniture than the LLs choice of not-too-expensive items, so I think unfurnished is preferable. Also you are not then responsible for the repairs to aged furniture!

                I don't put any white goods in my properties - you cannot regulate how they are used and then you are responsible for repairs. Also many renters (especially for a family home) already have their own.

                I do provide curtains or blinds & lampshades throughout - mostly because the property looks so much better to prospective renters with these things in place and properly hung. I also don't want tenants drilling holes in walls to put up their own!

                I generally put curtains on main windows and venetian blinds on small windows eg kitchen / bathroom. Roller blinds a are ok but they tend to fray at the edges and can fall down quite easily if not put up really well.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
                  I think part-furnished is an odd concept - why would tenants have some stuff but not all? Many people are seasoned renters and they have their own stuff - I would much rather have my own furniture than the LLs choice of not-too-expensive items, so I think unfurnished is preferable. Also you are not then responsible for the repairs to aged furniture!
                  You have an odd vision of who renters are. There are countless millions of tenants who move top a place for 6 months or a year for a particular job, between owned-houses, to secure a school place.

                  The problem is that the laws are made based on this odd vision too.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Chester Perry View Post

                    I posted elsewhere on here and feedback was a mix of its not worth it as nothing will happen (plus police will treat as a tenancy issue) and its worth doing to get a crime number.

                    Not going to claim on insurance given excess etc. The fridge freezers value second hand / age considered probably only £100 and blinds value hard to say as were each approx £200 (x 4) when fitted 17 years ago.

                    Would it be an idea to report for any other reason if Police wouldn't do anything?
                    The implication being that because the deposit protection adjudicators would regard anything as more than a certain age as being discounted by a certain amount, theft of those items is somehow OK (because nothing is being stolen).

                    So anyone can just walk through your home and take anything more than 7 years old?

                    Frankly this is bull (not your comments but the comments on other threads you have read) - it is straightforward theft.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post

                      You have an odd vision of who renters are. There are countless millions of tenants who move top a place for 6 months or a year for a particular job, between owned-houses, to secure a school place.

                      So what do they do with their furniture between these 'owned houses'?

                      Just because you experience is different to mine doesn't make my view of renters any stranger than yours. It is based on 20 years of tenants who have all happily supplied their own furniture. I accept that it is not a one-size fits all scenario - perhaps you should too.

                      By the way, having been a renter too I always took my own furniture with me and never rented furnished or part-furnished.

                      As ever, the market dictates.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post

                        By the way, having been a renter too I always took my own furniture with me and never rented furnished or part-furnished.
                        Every place I have rented (5 places up to age 29) were furnished; when I moved I needed a couple of suit cases.

                        Every place I have let has been unfurnished, because it is less hassle for me and there is the demand for unfurnished properties.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
                          ...Just because you experience is different to mine doesn't make my view of renters any stranger than yours...

                          It was YOU who said "I think part-furnished is an odd concept" - as if renters all the same and all want unfurnished properties. I didn't say it.



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                            #14
                            I no longer let with anything in. I do have two properties with white goods in and this week has been a bad week. I needed to replace a fridge freezer and a washing machine. And last week I had to replace a tv at a hmo

                            I'm up north and it's normal to have no white goods.

                            I'm toying with the idea of not even including floor coverings and reducing the rent. Most of my properties are at the lower end of the market - not the bottom though ! This is after the terrible state the outgoing tenants left the bungalow in. The housing authorities don't let with floor coverings, although they do leave laminate flooring in, so if it's good enough for them it'll be good enough for me.

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                              #15
                              How about an empty shell. No flooring, no curtain rails, no curtains, minimal bathroom fittings (no mirror but perhaps a toilet), no shelf for goodies in shower, no fridge/freezer, a rudimentary cooker. It would appeal to a type of tenant.

                              I'm a sort of Northerner.

                              “In the South of England northerners were regarded then as uncouth, brutish, undisciplined savages ...”
                              ― Alison Weir, The Princes in the Tower

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