Whose responsibility is it to remove a sofa!

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    Whose responsibility is it to remove a sofa!

    Hi I'm a relatively new Landlord and have been politely asked by my tenants if I can remove the sofa from the flat so they can put their own in. They have lived in the property for
    around 2 years and are good tenants.

    My question is - should I agree to remove the sofa? I'm
    hesitant to do so for several reasons.

    1) The flat was advertised as part furnished.
    2) The sofa cost £700 new (however,its now 5 years old) and I
    have absolutely nowhere to store it.
    3) If I do remove it and sell it and then the tenants leave in the near future, I will have to replace the sofa.

    Would be interested to hear what others would do!

    Cheers

    Adam

    #2
    You could agree on condition that the tenants met the cost of removal and storage for YOUR sofa. You would specify how this was to be done.

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      #3
      Thanks for the input. I can imagine this will be fairly costly to them!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Thelondonlandlord View Post
        3) If I do remove it and sell it and then the tenants leave in the near
        future, I will have to replace the sofa.
        Part furnished means exactly that.
        You can re-let with or without a sofa, so long as the inventory states
        what is included.

        The problem will arrise when they move out.
        They will want to take the sofa with them.
        But you have no where to store the original sofa, so your answer
        should be. "I have no where to store the sofa" so it has to stay"

        (A)They may purchase it off you for half what you paid for it ( £ 350 ).
        then dispose of it and install their own.
        (B) If they say they will store it, then it has to be in a warm room
        and not in a cold garage to fill up with spiders, woodlice and mice,
        and we all know what happens to couches when stored on the floor
        in cold garages.
        (C) If they store it, when it comes time to put it back in the
        living room, it may not be fit to be used due to damp, and nasty
        animals lurking inside, so you will have a problem getting any money
        off them for not looking after your property.

        Either way, looks like you are going to lose your sofa, or your
        tenants.
        ( They say they will keep it dry, but it never happens )

        R.a.M.

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          #5
          Thanks R.a.M. I don't think they will move out over the issue but needs addressing.

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            #6
            My first question would be ... what's the problem with the sofa ? they seem to have lived happily enough with it for 2 years so I would be confused as to why they would randomly go out and get another one.
            I'm a good tenant with great landlords
            I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Brb View Post
              My first question would be ... what's the problem with the sofa ?
              they seem to have lived happily enough with it for 2 years so I would
              be confused as to why they would randomly go out and get another one.
              And of course, they are "Renting" the current sofa, as it's included as
              "Part furnished".
              They are also renting the door locks, the boiler etc etc etc.
              So watch out that they don't ask for a rent reduction if original
              sofa is removed.

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                #8
                I would remove and sell it on, if in good condition. The next Tenants would never know it was there. Part furnished means just that. You don't want to loose good tenants over the removal of a sofa.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Pirle View Post
                  I would remove and sell it on, if in good condition. The next Tenants would never know it was there. Part furnished means just that. You don't want to loose good tenants over the removal of a sofa.
                  Completely agree. It is not worth losing good tenants over a 5 year old sofa. You can worry about providing a new one if and when the need arises. Put the money you get from selling it away somewhere and use it for that if you need to.
                  '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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                    #10
                    But make it clear, in writing, you are doing so as a goodwill gesture & you are not required to do so... otherwise g*wd knows what they'll expect next...
                    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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                      #11
                      Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                      But make it clear, in writing, you are doing so as a goodwill gesture & you are not required to do so... otherwise g*wd knows what they'll expect next...
                      I agree with that, too!
                      '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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