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    Hi, I am just about to rent out a house. The prospective tenant has looked roun and say they want it. There is no cooker there at the moment, only a gap where the old gas cooker was. Is it law that I provide a means of cooking?

  • #2
    No it is not a legal requirement. Failing to provide one may seriously limit your potential market though.

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    • #3
      Prosp T may have their own cooker. Best to get your qual person to install whether gas or elec. If gas, then T is resp for cooker check cost on your GSC (if inspector charges extra).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
        Failing to provide one may seriously limit your potential market though.
        Yes, I let unfurnished and choose (normally) not to provide fridges, washing machines, dishwashers etc - however I do always provide a cooker (but agreed, it's not compulsory to do so). I think tenants tend to accept that they'll have their own fridges etc, but cookers are rather a different matter.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bradbourbon View Post
          Is it law that I provide a means of cooking?
          There is no law which says the landlord has to provide cooking facilities.

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          • #6
            If you are planning to rent to tenants on HB the council can make it a requirement.

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            • #7
              As stated above, not a legal requirement but you are seriously limiting your market for prospective tenants.

              I'd put a cooker in there, they need not be expensive.

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              • #8
                I have always rented unfurnished but the properties have always had an oven (built-in). I never use them for cooking though (just storage really). I use a small standalone one, as it's cheaper to run and keep clean
                I'm a good tenant with great landlords
                I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Brb View Post
                  I have always rented unfurnished but the properties have always had an oven (built-in). I never use them for cooking though (just storage really). I use a small standalone one, as it's cheaper to run and keep clean
                  Just to be clear, you privately rent but rather than use your Landlord's cooker you use your own electric one?

                  Think you might be the exception rather than the rule...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dan_Manchester View Post
                    Just to be clear, you privately rent but rather than use your Landlord's cooker you use your own electric one?

                    Think you might be the exception rather than the rule...
                    I enjoy smaller utility bills.

                    I will agree though that by not providing one it would limit their target market (but isn't that a wee bit obvious ?). Although I do know of ppl trying to sell off stuff as going from home ownership into rented and don't wish to store their own oven to use the LLs.

                    Never say never, I may use a LL's oven one day (chrimble or dinner party). Just haven't for approx 10 years or so.
                    I'm a good tenant with great landlords
                    I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by johnboy View Post
                      If you are planning to rent to tenants on HB the council can make it a requirement.
                      No they can't.
                      Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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                      • #12
                        Indeed, the majority of HB claimants own their own cooker.

                        Social LLs and councils do not provide cookers in their properties and require the gas safety certificate from Ts when installing a gas cooker.
                        I'm a good tenant with great landlords
                        I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Brb View Post
                          I have always rented unfurnished but the properties have always had an oven (built-in). I never use them for cooking though (just storage really). I use a small standalone one, as it's cheaper to run and keep clean
                          You've got the wrong appliance, Brb!

                          Dishwashers are much better for simple storage than cookers. You put dirty crockery and cutlery in them, leave it a few hours, then take it out and wash it up by hand as you need it. Keeps the kitchen much tidier.
                          'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                            You've got the wrong appliance, Brb!

                            Dishwashers are much better for simple storage than cookers. You put dirty crockery and cutlery in them, leave it a few hours, then take it out and wash it up by hand as you need it. Keeps the kitchen much tidier.
                            LOL the dishwasher is used to wash dishes! do you not recall my dear when I flooded the house getting it installed
                            I'm a good tenant with great landlords
                            I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by thesaint View Post
                              No they can't.
                              Well my council has and did. It was about 3-4 years ago the tenant was on the deposit bond scheme and also geting the first months rent in advance from the council. As you may know they come out to inspect the property if they are getting the bond and rent advance.

                              It was either put a cooker in or they wouldnt approve the benefit claim for that person.

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