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    Tenant paying for improvements

    Sole Tenant in 2 bed house, England, 6 month AST started Oct 2015, now gone periodic; monthly rent, deposit protected correctly, all docs signed/served correctly at start of tenancy.

    This Tenant is proving to be reliable, clean and tidy and loves the property which is next door to their close relations. T therefore would like to stay long term which suits me, the landlord.

    They'd like to do some upgrades at their own expense, paint outside walls to brighten it up, grass over a gravel area in the garden & pave the front garden to make a turning circle for the car. I don't want to put my hand in my pocket to pay for them myself. but want to keep them happy. I can see several issues if I allow T to do improvements themselves and give permission:

    1/ T could claim improvements paid for instead of rent.
    2/ They could fall off the ladder whilst painting walls and blame me because I gave permission to do the work.
    3/ They could cause damage whilst digging the lawn. What if someone puts a shovel through a drain and I have to fix it?
    4/ Might use dodgy tradesmen and cause long term issues.

    However, I could get some freebie maintenance/improvements and keep a potentially long term tenant happy.

    Should I allow them to proceed?
    Should I stump up the cash and do the work for T?
    Should I tell T to do whatever they want as long as property returned in similar condition to when let?
    Any other issues I should consider?
    Your advice appreciated.

    No, no, no.

    As you suspect, this is a minefield. Don't do it.
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.



      If they want these things done then YOU pay for them using YOUR workpeople with nice tax-deductible invoices/receipts and increase rent to cover..

      Otherwise, wot he said....
      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...


        I would draft an agreement stating that you would like quotes from "proper" tradesman(maybe get some yourself), they pay you "x" amount and you will authorise the work to be completed.
        Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong


          I like the idea of getting an agreement where tenant pays me X amount as a one off and I do the works with my people. However I'd need to ensure that there's no chance of them coming back and claimimg it as forward paid rent. Anyone done a similar thing?


            Do not let the tenant do anything.

            Do not agree to anything. and your tenant has no idea that you can issue the standard S21 to vacate the property in 2 months time, and there is nothing he can do to prevent you from evicting him.

            You tell them when it is due to be repainted, the maintenence of the property is for you to do ,and when it needs painting, you will do it, and he wont.

            Turning circle ?
            I back my car in, so it's much easier to drive forward out into the road.

            Grass and flags.
            This does not get done by you or the tenant, period.

            When they change jobs or leave without a trace and you have to redo the mess they made, you will be back on here asking what to do, or that they did not pay 6 months rent because they paid out for alterations, and they think that is fair payment for the work they did.

            Say no, no, no.
            You are running a business, and tenants do not alter your income property, and leave wide rubber tyre marks on the front flags, which looks discusting, and the pink interior walls that may eventualy arrive because they think you don't care and they will go ahead and do many more possibly bad jobs without you knowing.


              Originally posted by Ripples View Post
              Anyone done a similar thing?
              Yes. There was a bloke here the other day: http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...cted-from-bond Tenant agreed to pay for improvements via installments added to the rent. (You can't take a lump sum, as that needs protecting as a deposit.) Tenant decided to move out and said she was not paying any more rent in spite of agreeing to pay in full. When landlord asked her to pay in full, she said she would take half the new kitchen with her.

              As I said before: Don't do it!
              To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.


                Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                As I said before: Don't do it!
                My initial response was no, no, no. Gut instinct says don't. Thanks for all your thoughts.


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