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    Tenant want new kitchen and bathroom

    T has been in the property for a year.
    The kitchen is fairly new and there's nothing wrong with it.
    The bathroom has a cast iron bath which T says 'cuts the kids bums'. I can't see how this is happening unless there's a crack in the bath. The enamel is worn but that's not going to cut their bums.

    T is behind in rent having paid no rent in December with an agreement to pay it off over 3 months.
    T is also saying they're going to replace carpets and decorate, which is ok.

    I;m not going to replace the kitchen or bath and I'm so shocked that T should request this that I just don't know how to say no.

    With the additional costs - tax, elec certs etc, I really don't want to invest any more money in any case, due to needing a larger than usual contingency.

    #2
    Dear tenant, you can't afford to pay the rent as it stands, how would you be able to pay the increased rent I would need to charge to recover the cost of a new kitchen?

    I'd probably send someone to check that they haven't done something weird to the bath, cutting skin sounds quite serious, and it's not the kind of injury you want to ask for proof!
    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
      (Verbally..) I'm sure you'll be happy with the kitchen & bathroom in your next home. Also verbally, explain "intentionally homeless".

      S8's & S21 today.

      Presumably only a full & honest reference or none?
      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 jpkeates View Post
        Dear tenant, you can't afford to pay the rent as it stands, how would you be able to pay the increased rent I would need to charge to recover the cost of a new kitchen?

        I'd probably send someone to check that they haven't done something weird to the bath, cutting skin sounds quite serious, and it's not the kind of injury you want to ask for proof!
        Yes, I'd have to put the rent up. The kitchen is fairly new anyway.

        T has texted me again to say that she can't get the bath clean. Now if T had said that in the first place I could have understood. It's cast iron and enamelled and is difficult to clean. But it is not going to be cutting any bottoms. I think it's fair enough to have it re-enameled. I'm looking for quotes.

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          #5
          Never take tenants without checking toughness of bottoms.
          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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            #6
            I would be tempted to say "that's OK I am sure you are keeping it hygenic and understand it is hard to get looking perfect. If it does not look sparkling white when you leave the property I will not deduct anything from your deposit - it is only a cosmetic issue" Then you can reenamel when they go!
            Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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              #7
              Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
              Never take tenants without checking toughness of bottoms.
              I shall do a thorough check in future

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                #8
                Originally posted by islandgirl View Post
                I would be tempted to say "that's OK I am sure you are keeping it hygenic and understand it is hard to get looking perfect. If it does not look sparkling white when you leave the property I will not deduct anything from your deposit - it is only a cosmetic issue" Then you can reenamel when they go!
                T is complaining about a mark on one of the counter tops that's as big as a finger tip (the mark not the counter top!) . I'm not going to change it for that.

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                  #9
                  Same applies! If the mark was there when they took the tenancy say that you are happy for her to put a mug over it so she does not have to look at it and that you will note it and it will not form part of the check out issues!
                  Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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                    #10
                    T is now demanding that I change the bath immediately!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                      Never take tenants without checking toughness of bottoms.
                      Yours or thiers?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by sam_cat View Post

                        Yours or thiers?
                        Both, same time....
                        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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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post
                          T is now demanding that I change the bath immediately!
                          Ask for photographic evidence of the condition of the bath.

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                            #14
                            T is now seeking advice. I replied that Im not going to do anything until I hear from her advisor so I know what needs to be done. I really really hope T gets some advice. Everything is acceptable but she wants more modern fittings, even though rent is behind. I'm already trying to get quotes for reenamelling - T only contacted me about it today. grrrr

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by DPT57 View Post

                              Ask for photographic evidence of the condition of the bath.
                              T is sending it over later. Ive agreed to have it reenamelled, but T is demanding an immediate replacement.

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