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    Tenants want to put brackets up on living room wall

    I have 2 new tenants ( single household) in a recently refurbished flat which used to be a student house, I’m transitioning into renting to professionals. They have asked it they can put brackets up in the living room and kitchen. I think it is to wall mount flat screen TVs. I want to keep them happy in the property but I’m not sure about this. I think it’s a no-no in the living room because it’s got lining paper. I’m considering it for the kitchen which have standard painted walls.They’ve said they put it right before leaving. Any advice?

    #2
    I’d explain that, yes, they’ll have to put it right before they leave, but that means back to how it would have been if it hadn’t been installed, which isn’t likely to be a bit of filler.

    Hopefully, they’ll be there for years, so it won’t be an issue, but if they leave in a few months it might need the wall(s) painting.

    Being blunt, unless you’re prepared to evict them, or lose them anyway, there’s not really any way to stop them if they persist.
    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
      but they may well not persist if you explain that it would be too expensive to make good papered walls so you can't allow it. They may find a different way to watch their television.

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        #4
        I had the same problem told tenants there a stand on a long pole at curry’s which would do the job and they did get it !

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          #5
          This is the perennial question of what should a tenant be allowed to do to make a house into a home.

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            #6

            I am always of the firm opinion that tenants should be allowed to do things like mount TV’s on walls etc so as to be able to enjoy the home as much as possible. They are then likely to stay longer and respect you and the property more, and any tenant that asks before doing things like nails in walls is likely to be a decent tenant that you want to keep. Makes no sense at all to me if having fancy decoration restricts enjoyment of the home and the tenant will always be somewhat resentful if you decline. Just keep a roll of the wallpaper to put up after the tenant leaves and if they have been a good tenant and stayed a reasonable while don’t try and claim from the deposit for making good the repair (and at least wait to see if the next tenant plans to cover the holes with a TV). Tenanted properties should not IMO be of such a high spec and condition that the landlord is concerned about a few holes that have only been made to enable the tenant to enjoy the property as intended i.e. as the place to live that it is supposed to be. Landlords should not be so precious as to restrict reasonable enjoyment of the property, it is not the landlords own home, and it is not a show-home.
            All advice given by me is purely on the basis of being ‘in my opinion’: please check with the relevant professional before acting on it. If my advice saves you money, mine's a pint.

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              #7
              Thanks everyone. I hope I have reached a satisfactory compromise by allowing the kitchen as long as they make good and repaint with same paint ( Dulux diamond eggshell) onleaving. For the living room I have suggested a pole, thanks jase.

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                #8
                Always a pain if a property has wallpaper. We remove it from new assets prior to letting to make redecoration between tenants much quicker

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                  #9
                  What about William Morris etc?

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                    #10
                    Yes, this property has lining paper which is painted on. It’s a real pain. When I redecorate again I might have it professionally removed and then I guess the walls will need skimming- it’ll be a big job.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Lots on View Post
                      Yes, this property has lining paper which is painted on. It’s a real pain. When I redecorate again I might have it professionally removed and then I guess the walls will need skimming- it’ll be a big job.
                      Removal of lining paper does not need a professional .Get a decent stripper and wet walls-done in a day..A good plasterer will need two days max if you labour.

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                        #12
                        My walls are decorated with good old woodchip. It disguises blemishes in the plasterwork, discourages tenants from repapering and when (not if) it gets damaged or torn I patch it up and repaint.

                        The problem with tenants putting up nails, screws , etc is that every time they do this it damages the plaster underneath, weakening it and loosening it. Then, after I've repaired the holes, wallpaper and repainted, the next tenants come along and put holes in a different place and I have to start all over again.

                        One tenant put over 140 nails in the walls in the living room walls and some of the nails were 4" long!

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                          #13
                          If they stayed 30 years who cares, but if they go after 6 months an issue
                          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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                            #14
                            Depends what the wall is made of and what type of fixings they intend using. If I thought this a good position for the TV I might install the bracket myself so it can be left behind for next tenant.



                            Freedom at the point of zero............

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                              If they stayed 30 years who cares, but if they go after 6 months an issue
                              I had to evict them due to arrears.

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