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    Hi, we are getting our property fully rewired, and have asked the tenants to temporarily move out for 2 weeks. We are giving this time rent free, but they are asking for additional compensation for electricity use etc. I was wondering if anyone else has done this and what you offered etc? Thank you.

    #2
    Why would they want compensation for electricity use? What's the etc?

    You'll probably need to redecorate afterwards so they might have to stay out fo the property for a bit longer than 2 weeks.

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      #3
      I'm not sure much electricity will be used, they will turn it off to rewire so I think it's negligible. We are plastering and decorating it too, hopefully all done at the same time. I thought the rent free was enough but wondered what anyone else offered. Thank you for your reply.

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        #4
        Are you also paying their temporary accommodation costs? If not then its hardly rent-free.

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          #5
          They can ask for whatever they think the inconvenience is worth.

          They don't have to move out and you should probably be offering equivalent alternative accommodation rather than a couple of weeks rent free.
          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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            #6
            I think it is reasonable to compensate them for the inconvenience of not having their home. Hope your timescales work and you have tidy workmen - sounds a big ask with tenants belongings in the house.

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              #7
              Did they mean compo for however much electricity is used during rewiring? If do that sounds fair.
              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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                #8
                Unless your two-week rent reduction is enough to pay for them to jet off on holiday, then I think you should be offering a lot more.

                Its one thing packing 2 suitcases for a holiday - but something totally different if they are effectively living elsewhere without their "stuff" and the convenience of things around them.

                Of course, a newly rewired and re-decorated property would likely command a rent increase too so you'll get it back eventually.

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                  #9
                  Are you paying for their alternative accommodation?

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                    #10
                    The electricians won't be using much electricity because, presuming they're competent, they'll switch the electricity off!

                    All the tenants stuff will have to be moved away from sockets, light switches etc and covered. The sparkies will have to dig out a channel for the new wiring and they'll have to take up the flooring upstairs to rewire light fittings. In the loft they'll have to relay wires so any insulation might need to be moved over, and tenant's attic junk moved.

                    If you're replastering as well it's going to be a complete disaster if the tenant's stuff is still in the house. The mess and dust is horrendous, even if you cover everything with sheets.

                    Please tell me you're not bringing the ceilings down and replastering them too!

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                      #11
                      So where are they re-charging all their power tools?? If it really is not much, then simply pay for it. Read meters at start, read meters at end of job. Do the decent thing, fair play etc...
                      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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                        #12
                        Maybe I don't know the whole situation, but from what you have described you are not compensating them at all in the first place. Why quibble over paying a couple weeks electric (or any utils), if they are not there to use it (standing charges etc), they are not away of their own choice?

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                          #13
                          Great example of how ill-considered legislation costs tenants. Thoughtful legislators would design things in such a way that works could be carried out between tenancies rather than in an emergency during tenancies at great cost to everyone.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
                            Great example of how ill-considered legislation costs tenants. Thoughtful legislators would design things in such a way that works could be carried out between tenancies rather than in an emergency during tenancies at great cost to everyone.
                            Maybe, but the property should have been safe for the tenants irrespective of legislation. If the property requires a full rewire, then it wasn't, which is solely down to the landlord actions, or lack of. Plus we've had a couple of years to plan how to manage this statutory requirement and this landlord has delayed until the very last minute.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Jon66 View Post

                              Maybe, but the property should have been safe for the tenants irrespective of legislation. If the property requires a full rewire, then it wasn't, which is solely down to the landlord actions, or lack of. Plus we've had a couple of years to plan how to manage this statutory requirement and this landlord has delayed until the very last minute.
                              Don't equate bits of paper with safety -- there is a correlation certainly but not a large one. The number of tenants in the PRS who die or who are injured via electrical problems that would have been prevented by such certification is close to (or actually) zero.

                              Whether this OP left it to the last minute or otherwise, if he has longstanding tenants and if the work really did require evacuation, mit would have been an added cost to tenants (in general) regardless of "planning"

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