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    Outside WC

    I have a Victorian Terrace which I rent out.
    The tenant is leaving and I have the opportunity of doing improvements before re-letting.
    At the end of the small (enclosed) garden there is a small building which would have originally been the Outside Toilet.
    It would take very little effort and money to install a new WC and sink as the main water pipe enters the small building and continues to the house itself.
    When my In-Laws stayed there they did suggest that I replace the WC as it is easier when elderly to go outside rather than climb stairs.
    My question is, If I replace the WC and put in a Sink would a property to rent out be more attractive to potential renters, or am I wasting my time and money (about £200)
    Certainly in this street of 50 terraced houses non is showing 2 WC.
    Thanks for any replies

    #2
    Additional WC's are beneficial but it being outside, with the UK weather, I can't see people using it, unless they have BBQ's. Would be better if it was incorporated into the property via an extension (but that depends on the costs and the return you will get back), If other T's haven't complained I wouldn't bother with it, and improve something else which will be used more often.

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      #3
      If the tenant can get to the out building without getting wet, turn it into a utility room.

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        #4
        Is it actually connected to required utilities?? Even if it is, suspect were there a HHSRS survey you'd have some problems. Advertise it as a "quaint historical folly" and charge 50p to view.
        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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          #5
          Is there a risk of the pipes freezing and bursting? That was one of the problems with outside loos.

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            #6
            It is like the chocolate on the pillow! If you stay in a five star hotel they my leave a chocolate on your pillow in the evening. The sort of establishment which does that may also provide you with a free drink on arrival and bottled water in your room, a bowl of fruit, a sewing kit, slippers and any number of other small things. None of them individually is a clincher, but taken together they create a favourable impression.

            So, when prospective tenants look the place over it is the whole package they consider - the more bells and whistles the more attractive it is likely to prove. We can say with some confidence that no one is going to be put off by an extra WC. It is entirely possible that some will find it a significant plus point. If you are going for improvements install the WC. For £200 you do not need to be agonising over whether you will get a return on your money.

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              #7
              As above..... for just the rather small sum of £200 i would do for the reasons mentioned by Lawcruncher, also when we do get a little sun and the tenant has a '' gathering '' in the garden it would be nice to not let all his drunken pals into the house to .... powder their noses ! As for charging more rent ....

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                #8
                Go for it! It's a Corona essential isn't it, when people are only allowed in the garden?

                Someone on my thread suggested this thing: https://forums.landlordzone.co.uk/fi...6&d=1620140561

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Piffy View Post
                  It would take very little effort and money to install a new WC and sink as the main water pipe enters the small building and continues to the house itself.

                  My question is, If I replace the WC and put in a Sink would a property to rent out be more attractive to potential renters, or am I wasting my time and money (about £200)
                  I did it in one of the houses I let and never got any feedback - nor extra rent! It was used as a covered smoking shed by one tenant which was a benefit of sorts. I think it is useful to have a second facility for many reasons, and even more so in these COVID times.

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                    #10
                    An outside toilet is a winner as far as I'm concerned. They're great when you're having a BBQ and they're great when the children are in the garden playing in water - nobody has to go into the house traipsing in mud or water.

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                      #11
                      Its a nice idea until the Council do an HHSRS assessment and tell you to install heating or lock it up.

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