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    Improvments Paid for by the Tenant

    Hi All,

    I'm interviewing a prospective new tenant in a few days. They have indicated that they would like to be in the premises long term which suits me. However, the bathroom & kitchen although perfectly servicable & in reasonable condition are both dated. The tenants have said that they would like to improve both rooms & are prepared to do this at their own expense.

    Since anything that appears too good to be true often is, I'm wondering what the implications are. My initial thought is to have it written into the tenancy that:

    1. Any changes to the property made by the tenant must first be approved by the landlord. (This is standard stuff.)
    2. When the tenant vacates the property it must be returned to the original state it was at the start of the tenancy. (Again standard stuff.)
    2a. An exception to this is where the landlord agreesthe changes can stay.
    3. Any fixtures & fittings installed in the property and left by th etenant at the end of the lase become the property of the mandlord. (Reasonably standard stuff).

    Thanks for the help.

    #2
    Don't let tenant do any 'improvements'. They inevitably aren't 'improvements'.

    We get someone here at least once a month with grief caused by such arrangements.
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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      #3
      That does look too good to be true. What happens if everything goes wrong? Are these potential tenants suggesting that they be allowed to install the new kitchen and bathroom themselves?

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        #4
        Thank them for their kind offer. Say you'll see if you are happy after 6 months & if so will do refurbs with your workmen at your expense at an agreed rent increase.
        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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          #5
          If they want to 'improve' a house, tell them to go buy one, otherwise follow artful's suggestion.

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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Thank them for their kind offer. Say you'll see if you are happy after 6 months & if so will do refurbs with your workmen at your expense at an agreed rent increase.
            Hmm. I wouldn't even go that far. Tenant will make a nuisance of themselves by demanding alternative accommodation or rent reductions while the work is being done.
            To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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              #7
              Don't even mention putting property back to original state when they leave - they may think this message s they can remove new kitchen and bathroom...

              Agree with Artfull's idea.
              '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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                #8
                How on earth do you remove a fitted kitchen and bathroom and reinstate the original in real life?
                It's just not possible to do that.
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                  How on earth do you remove a fitted kitchen and bathroom and reinstate the original in real life?
                  It's just not possible to do that.
                  Oh, nobody should delude themself that the original would be reinstated. But it's not unknown for disgruntled,Ts who've installed new stuff at their own expense to remove it on vacating...not realising perhaps that anything they install becomes part of the building and thus the property of the LL...
                  '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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