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    Tenant wants me to move furniture out

    Hi,

    I rented out my flat London flat this May partly furnished. The new tenants had a lot of their own furniture and besides all the white goods, curtains etc only requested that 1x wardrobe, 1x cupboard and 2x mattresses remain.

    However, last week when I visited the flat she told me that she bought a new wardrobe and wants the wardrobe, cupboard and 1x mattress removed. At the time I took the mattress, as it fitted into my car and said I will see what I can do about the wardrobe & cupboard and let her know. However, after phoning around it will cost approx £250 - £300 to move the 2 items from London to Southampton, where I am storing all my other furniture.

    I also looked into hiring a van to move the wardrobe but this will still cost around £100 plus finding someone to help me as the items are solid pieces not flatpacks and so very heavy.

    I've just spoken with her now to say that I was not prepared to move at such costs. To put it mildly she was not pleased and said that before she moved in that she had told me and the agent that she only wanted the wardrobe & cupboard temporarily and that I had agreed to remove them when she bought her own. I have no recollection of this at all and no message was passed on by the agent to me.

    Is there any advice that anyone can offer to help resolve this situation?

    Regards, Sav

    P.S. so sorry for the lengthy and wordy post

    #2
    Unless she has something in writing, then you are quite right. The property was let 'as is' - ie with whatever furniture was part of the deal, you had no obligation to remove and store it. If she didn't like that, she should have found somewhere with furniture that was acceptable to her.

    The problem is, now you have done what she wanted, you have made a rod for your own back.

    Is she a good tenant? Is the furniture worth keeping? If the answers are yes and no, you could consider selling the furniture in situ, or giving it to a furniture charity. Both would save you transport and storeage costs, but of course, you may not want to get rid of the funiture.

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      #3
      Hi,

      The wardrobe & cupboard are good solid pieces of furniture. I have placed sale ads and phoned a couple of 2nd hand dealers but with no interest yet.

      I tried to reason with her and explain that had I know that she only wanted the wardrobe temporarily I would have removed the solid wardrobe when I moved out the rest of my furniture and left her with the flatpack one that was on it's last legs and that could have either been stored or thrown away. But the conversation was becoming heated and going around in circles with her insisting on what she said and me saying that I had no recollection of it.

      The wardrobe is an antique and worth from £150 - £200 and although I'm prepared to sell I am loathed to sell it too cheaply when maybe in a year's time I may be in the position of having to replace it again.

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        #4
        I'd tell her if she doesn't like it then she will have to arrange removal and storage herself, and to reinstate it and the end of the tenancy. We recently had a tenant who demanded we take the mattress away 2 months into the tenancy because he'd bought a new one, it was on the inventory so he has stored it safely at his parents property.

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          #5
          Thanks for the replies...I feel more re-assured.

          I will tell her that I will try and sell the items at a fair price or she can arrange to move and store the items for the period of her tenancy. I don't imagine she will be happy to hear this.

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