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    Hi,

    Would appreciate how you would deal with a request from a tenant to have shelves fitted in the property whose belongings have outgrown their room.

    1. Push back on the grounds that its outwith the obligations of a landlord to resolve their storage problems and because it may lead to further requests to change fixtures, fittings and furniture going forward
    2. Agree to request for the sake of tenant relations and install them yourselves so you know they will be fitted well
    3. Consent to the tenant purchasing and arranging the install of the shelves at their own expense and reminding them that any damage caused by a poor install could affect the deposit

    I imagine that I will get a range of responses across options 1 to 3 but would appreciate any feedback

    thanks

  • #2
    I would say definitely not 1, unless there was very good reason as to why shelves could not be fitted. Personally, would probably go for 3, but 2 or 3 would be acceptable to me.
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    • #3
      if you have a good tenant, and you are able to fit yourself, my vote would go to option 2.
      Opinions given are mine, They are not necessarily correct, as the more I learn the less I know, You should always seek professional help.

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      • #4
        Is the request 'sensible' in that will the shelves look OK, and not out of place or excessive where they are to be positioned? If so, then I'd assume they would be an asset to the property and likely to be attractive to the next tenant; so I'd probably go for option 2. If they'd look a bit daft, and you'd want them away before another tenant inspected the property, then maybe option 3.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Beeber View Post
          Hi,

          Would appreciate how you would deal with a request from a tenant to have shelves fitted in the property whose belongings have outgrown their room.

          1. Push back on the grounds that its outwith the obligations of a landlord to resolve their storage problems and because it may lead to further requests to change fixtures, fittings and furniture going forward
          2. Agree to request for the sake of tenant relations and install them yourselves so you know they will be fitted well
          3. Consent to the tenant purchasing and arranging the install of the shelves at their own expense and reminding them that any damage caused by a poor install could affect the deposit

          I imagine that I will get a range of responses across options 1 to 3 but would appreciate any feedback

          thanks
          I would always say sit down and talk and compromise. everyone wants to feel warn and happy.

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          • #6
            I'm a tenant and with the best will in the world, I know how I put up shelves ... if you do it yourself at least you know they'll be straight ???

            Or option 3 if you want to take the risk.
            Any information or opinion given in this post is based only on my personal experience, what I have learned from this, other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person. E&OE

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            • #7
              Maybe you know how to do it pippay, but there's no guarantee that other tenants can do it properly.

              I'd do it myself for the tenant, after they bought them.

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              • #8
                OOOps !! my mistake - typing in such a hurry .. I meant to say with the best will in the world, I DON't know how to put up shelves .....
                Originally posted by RichieP View Post
                Maybe you know how to do it pippay, but there's no guarantee that other tenants can do it properly.

                I'd do it myself for the tenant, after they bought them.
                Any information or opinion given in this post is based only on my personal experience, what I have learned from this, other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person. E&OE

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                • #9
                  Shelves

                  Bear in mind that some tenants standards of good diy is differant to others.

                  I would give them writen permission to put up the shelves on the condition that they are taken down IF requested at end of tenanacy and any damage/marks/holes made good or deposit will be reduced. Get them to sign it and keep a copy. Also take a photo of area before so theres no confusion.

                  It might seem a bit long winded, but it should help if they do a botch up job and you dont want to get in the habit of doing diy you dont have to.

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                  • #10
                    Come on this is a bit petty isn't it.If it was alterations to the structure then yes. But putting up shelves is going a bit to far. I wouldn't actually put it within the scope of planning permission.
                    Last edited by pms; 30-09-2006, 00:28 AM.
                    Disclaimer:I have over 30 years experience in housing(both social and private) as an EHO and Building Surveyor.I am also a certified expert witness having spent the last 15years working in housing litigation.The advice I give is from experience in working for various Local Authorities and how the law is interpretated.Housing Law is a minefield and is continually being amended if in any doubt you should consult a solicitor or someone of equal legal standing.

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                    • #11
                      shelves

                      Your quite right pms it is a bit petty but it is not unusual for LL to restrict decorating untill writen permission given so whats the differance with shelves??

                      They might be planning to put up shelves 10 foot long made out of scaffold planks which might be ok for them but what happens when they leave. Its left to the LL to put it right at his expence cos he said "yeah go ahead its only a couple of shelves"

                      For the sake a 5 min letter and a quick photo you could save youself some grief later.

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