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  • jeffrey
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    Best value-for-money white goods are Lec and Beko.

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by Mrs Jones View Post
    Oh dear - really bad luck - but I would have gone to town on the supplier - hard to justify not repairing under guarantee under those circumstances.
    With hindsight, yes, we should have done that. (At the time, we were preoccupied trying to calm the cat down, after the trauma of it all. And it was in Yorkshire, a long time ago, when 'customer satisfaction' was a radical new idea which hadn't really caught on yet).

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  • Mrs Jones
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    Oh dear - really bad luck - but I would have gone to town on the supplier - hard to justify not repairing under guarantee under those circumstances.

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by Mrs Jones View Post
    To Mind the Gap - I have to make a stand for LEC refrigerators - my son is still using my old LEC fridge (full of beer etc. in his garage) and it HAS to be at least 20 years old - in fact when I was in the UK for a while a year ago, I "borrowed" it for my little flat and it worked perfectly!!!
    That's reassuring. We had a Lec fridge-freezer once, which lasted exactly a year and a day (so just out of guarantee!), before making a high pitched noise which I can only describe as a strangled scream, and 'dying'. It was pretty unnerving.

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  • Mrs Jones
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    To Mind the Gap - I have to make a stand for LEC refrigerators - my son is still using my old LEC fridge (full of beer etc. in his garage) and it HAS to be at least 20 years old - in fact when I was in the UK for a while a year ago, I "borrowed" it for my little flat and it worked perfectly!!!

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  • MetropolitanAnthony
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    I would install the highest quality white goods you can afford to.

    1) I think an attractive kitchen helps to attract a better quality of tenant. More subtly, you can end up with a wider pool of tenants to choose from.

    2) High/mid range equipment ( Miele/AEG/Bosch) designed to last ten years saves me money since these items don't wear out or break down.

    3) I think cheap white goods e.g. zanussi are a false economy since you end up chucking them out and replacing them every two years. Some stores won't stock zanussi since their aftercare is so poor.

    4) For washing machines and dishwashers, if your flat is at ground floor level then the worst plumbing disaster that can happen is a flood in your own flat whereas a flooded rented flat on a 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor also floods the neighbour below = ££££££. It comes down to plumber proficiency. Do you trust your tenants plumber over your own?

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  • Sorrel
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    I wouldn't trust my tenants to plumb/install/read the instructions/top up anything themselves!

    I just get the cooker, hob, washing machine all installed. Fridge freezer is then optional as many people imo are more likely to have these than any of the others.

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  • Ericthelobster
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    I choose to provide hob, oven and fridge/freezer in my unfurnished properties, mainly because they have fitted kitchens and the above are built-in.

    I never provide a washing machine, as they are very prone to breaking down, causing floods etc, especially when subjected to tenant misuse; so there's just a space provided for one along with all necessary plumbing fittings etc. This strategy has always worked well for me.

    In terms of buying them - I just look for online suppliers and go for whichever represents best value on the day.

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  • P.Pilcher
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    I have NEVER supplied white goods and tenants have always been happy to provide their own. The only question is as to whether the plumbing has points to connect an automatic washing machine to. Electric equipment like this also probably needs PAT certification. As I said above. If you provide white goods - YOU have to pay to have them fixed when they break down. Will your tenant pay extra rent to cover this liability?

    P.P.

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    If someone is going to live in the property, surely a fridge at least will be needed?

    Unless the property is within close walking distance of a supermarket, I'd say a freezer of some kind is essential, too.

    The Comet auction website has some bargains (up to 60% off) for white goods, if you don't mind bidding. It's new stuff but overstocked, or slight scratches, etc but has normal guarantee. They deliver it. Otherwise, Lec do some quite cheap models. Trouble is, you get what you pay for...I'd always go for a slightly better model (e.g. Hotpoint) on the grounds that it will almost certainly last longer.

    We had a kitchen full of Zanussi appliances once - the fridge & freezer were OK, but everything else broke down and Zanussi were hopeless over supplying spare parts.

    Alternatively places like B&Q or Tesco or Asda do lower-end fridges with freezer compartments very competitively.
    All true, but L is not compellable to provide these. Why should T not provide own white goods?

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  • DreamLifestyle
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    Thanks for all of your input.

    Would you advise including a fridge freezer at all for flats, and let the tenant deicde if they wish to purchase a cooker, or just leave them empty?

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  • Rodent1
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    Ebay (next day del from lots pf suppliers), beko.co.uk are very cheap !!!!

    Nowadays these items are pretty much considered consumables !


    The Rodent

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by DreamLifestyle View Post
    As a landlord, am I required to provide the above appliances.

    If so, can anyone recommend the lowest price free standing cooker supplier/make, and the same for a small under the work bench fridge/freezer.

    Do you recommend including the above if not needed?
    If someone is going to live in the property, surely a fridge at least will be needed?

    Unless the property is within close walking distance of a supermarket, I'd say a freezer of some kind is essential, too.

    The Comet auction website has some bargains (up to 60% off) for white goods, if you don't mind bidding. It's new stuff but overstocked, or slight scratches, etc but has normal guarantee. They deliver it. Otherwise, Lec do some quite cheap models. Trouble is, you get what you pay for...I'd always go for a slightly better model (e.g. Hotpoint) on the grounds that it will almost certainly last longer.

    We had a kitchen full of Zanussi appliances once - the fridge & freezer were OK, but everything else broke down and Zanussi were hopeless over supplying spare parts.

    Alternatively places like B&Q or Tesco or Asda do lower-end fridges with freezer compartments very competitively.

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  • P.Pilcher
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    Neither is a requirement, and today with microwave ovens becoming so popular, conventional cookers often get little use. The only reason for supplying either or both is if this makes the property more attractive to a potential tenant, or you are looking at a market sector (e.g. students) where these appliances are expected. Of course as a landlord, if you supply them then you have to keep them in repair.

    P.P.

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  • DreamLifestyle
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    Cookers and Fridge/Freezer

    As a landlord, am I required to provide the above appliances.

    If so, can anyone recommend the lowest price free standing cooker supplier/make, and the same for a small under the work bench fridge/freezer.

    Do you recommend including the above if not needed?

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