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    How much to reduce rent in exchange for the use of the garage?

    My partner and I are renovating a detached property for rent with the expectation that when we return to the U.K in a few years the capital gains will insulate us from property price increase so we’re not priced out of the market.

    The property will be managed by my family who already run a large portfolio of properties in this area and will look after the house far better and far cheaper than any agent.

    What we’re debating though is how much to reduce the rent if we decide to us the garage for storage.

    The garage is large, well-insulated and currently stores some of our belongings. Even if paid storage would work out cheaper (which it doesn’t) after the condition we found our furniture in last time we want to avoid using storage again if at all possible.

    However, I am wondering how hard a sell it’d be for the tenants that they can’t use the garage?

    The house has a large drive to the front which has ample room for two cars and even has very safe off street parking with no competition. The tenants wouldn’t need to access the garage when we change from oil to gas and put the boiler in the attic and I can discontent the garage from the power supply.

    Security wise the garage will have its doors and one window replaced anyway and the area is extremely safe with no reported crimes in 2016! There is also full access round the side of the house to and from the front and back gardens and I can’t think of any other reason the tenants would have to go through the garage. Also, the attic is floored and can be used for storage.

    Although I am not sure how tenants will feel about not having access to the garage (I personally wouldn’t mind if my rent was a bit lower) and I suppose it might put off families who need the extra storage.

    Similar properties rent for between £700 to £800 and I am confident that we could achieve £775 a month.

    Would reducing the rent by say £75 a month (not sure how much exactly) and advertising the property as not having use of the garage be best?

    Or perhaps advertise at £775 a month and then when the tenants view the property broch the subject of the garage and negotiate a deal?

    Or is the whole thing a big red flag to tenants who’ll not be happy even with lower rent?

    Also would there be any legal implications of installing a battery operated cctv camera inside the garage?

    Many thanks for reading (plan)

    Check you can get insurance cover for garage contents .

    I'd simply look at what similar properties without garages rent for, rather than work off what discount should be
    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...


      You don't state what part of the country you are in, but up north, you can rent a 20 feet shipping container in a secure compound ( water tight inside and with cctv on the yard ) foe £80 a month.


        First find a prospective T and advertise (sans Garage) at rent you require.
        Ensure AST excludes Garage from demised Property.
        Tell all viewers that Garage 'not included' and negotiate lower rent if nec.


          NB As above, exclude garage, but if garage is accessed across part of the let property (even if only 2 feet of a drive) ensure you grant yourself access to it across the property....

          A landlord has legal right to access to "inspect" the property but not to use an excluded bit.....(albeit most tenants would be reasonable...)
          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...


            Don't advertise with a garage then negotiate. A total waste of time as a garage can be a specific requirement for renters.
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