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    New tenant is a 'handy-man'

    My new tenant only moved in on Friday, but asked me to call round today to show him how to set the heaters. He proudly showed me that he has already painted the insides of the built in wardrobes, and re-hung all the internal doors. Outside he tells me he plans to relay the garden path, and get himself a shed.

    He seems to be something of a perfectionist, and has offered to replace (at my cost) the kitchen mixer tap which dribbles a bit from the stem. He was all for taking the hot water system apart today, to find out why the hot water pressure is low. (I know why it's low. It's gravity driven from a water tank at about shoulder height.)

    Now, I'm all for tenants being self reliant, but this sounds a bit mad.

    Any thoughts?

    #2
    Sounds good, as long as he's not looking at youtube and trying to it out......small jobs fine, but things like the hot water system I would leave to the experts. Why were all the doors off their hinges?

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      #3
      The doors were fine in my book. Just he reckons they didn't close properly.

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        #4
        Is he a professional handy-man or a family friend type 'handy man'?

        If the former let him get on with tarting the place, offer to pay for any essential repairs and let him pay for anything that he's just doing cos he wants it. If he's the latter get him to sign something saying he's liable for any damage to the property he causes either whilst he's living there or after he's left and see how keen he is to start sandpapering bits of the wall off to make them flatter. To be honest even if he's a professional tradesmen you might want to get him to sign a waiver.

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          #5
          I have a friend who has a builder living in one of his properties for the last 15 years, hasn't been to the property in all those years, and the builder sends him photo's of all the work he has carried out, for example new kitchen, walls all skimmed and painted etc, it's basically a new house, I need T's like this. Just to add, he hasn't increased the rent in all that time either......

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            #6
            Thanks guys. He's not a builder though. He's a lorry driver. Hey ho.

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              #7
              Sounds better than the usual who cannot find a stop valve or empty a vacuum cleaner. Be sure he does not paint over instructions on heaters and smoke alarms or replace fire doors with cardboard or upvc doors.

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                #8
                Wonder what he'll later say you owe...

                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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                  #9
                  You need to make sure he doesn’t touch the water, gas and electrics

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                    #10
                    That reminds of a roof I was making (carpenter by trade) and when we looked across 2 paramedics off duty were rendering a stack and it was a pigs ear, it was going OK until one slip and landed on the flat roof 6 feet below with a broken ankle and puntured lung, and to add insult paramedics from his station were called! Both got the sack and the customer got sued by the injured paramedic. All ways get work done by trades who carry public liability as in this case if the tenant got injured or killed the win no fee brigade would be singing from the roof tops.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Neelix View Post
                      You need to make sure he doesn’t touch the water, gas and electrics
                      Too late!

                      Today I called round to cut the grass, and my tenant's wife showed me all their 'improvements'. For some reason they have installed a pump on the hot water system, as they reckoned the pressure was not enough. In the garden is an enormous shed covering half the grass, and I notice that my fridge seems to have been replaced.

                      I told her that I would not be reimbursing them for any of these items. Please God they haven't spent the rent money on all this shyte.

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                        #12
                        Did they take explicit permissions from you to make about these changes?
                        What does the tenancy agreement say about any changes, re decoration, new installations?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by LL_LonST View Post
                          Did they take explicit permissions from you to make about these changes?
                          What does the tenancy agreement say about any changes, re decoration, new installations?
                          Only for the shed, which I was not expecting to be so big.

                          The tenancy agreement has the usual admonishments about not doing those things you mention, but my tenants don't seem to have read it.

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                            #14
                            Sounds to me, unless you remind them, you will have massive problems down the line.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by JK0 View Post

                              Only for the shed, which I was not expecting to be so big.

                              The tenancy agreement has the usual admonishments about not doing those things you mention, but my tenants don't seem to have read it.
                              YOU need to remind them about this before it starts causing you problems when the neighbours start complaining.

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