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    Computer required by possible new tenant

    Hi,

    I've potentially got a new tenant lined up...he's a student doing a MSc, he's requested that i include a computer with the tenancy, I've told him that for me to do this, i would have to charge him a certain amount extra pcm. Question is...can I do this? And if so, can I submit the computer cost against my accounts?

    Thanks in advance

    #2
    The easy answer to this is that you don't provide a computer. If he can afford to pay extra rent, he can afford to buy a computer.

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      #3
      Originally posted by vimal1 View Post
      he's requested that i include a computer with the tenancy, I've told him that for me to do this, i would have to charge him a certain amount extra pcm. Question is...can I do this? And if so, can I submit the computer cost against my accounts?
      While agreeing wholeheartedly with Westminster, why would you think you can't charge extra? It's no different to including anything else with the property, eg a bed or an oven, for which you'd charge a bit extra.

      There would certainly be some tax benefit, but very unlikely to be as simple as offsetting the purchase cost against this year's rent receipts. It would depend on how you're currently claiming expenses; eg whether you let furnished or unfurnished, etc etc.

      But frankly, I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole. When you think what tenants do with dishwashers and washing machines, what do you think he'll do to a computer?!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post
        But frankly, I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole. When you think what tenants do with dishwashers and washing machines, what do you think he'll do to a computer?!
        And, worst case scenario, T downloads illegal material onto LL-owned computer.

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          #5
          Or gets it infected with a virus and totally corrupts it, expecting LL to foot the bill for its ongoing maintenance or replacement!

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            #6
            He's on the fiddle or has no money or both. Eg someone will pay his rent bill. Unless he could explain why say no, bye bye...
            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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              #7
              Even if you did supply a computer I couldn't see you getting it back with the same hard drive, or at all, if he was doing his work on it, anyway it sounds like he's trying it on.
              I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                #8
                There is no other kind of accommodation where a computer is included as standard. Are you sure he didn't just mean Internet access?
                '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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