Furnished or Unfurnished?
I will be moving into a new house next month, and renting out my flat in West London where I currently live. This is my first foray into the world of renting property. I would prefer to take all my furniture to the new property and rent the flat as unfurnished. However, I have it in my mind that it will be easier to rent a flat furnished rather than unfurnished. In the experience of the forum members is the true? Any answers or advice gratefully received.
Let furnished- but no furniture there on commencement
A friend has recently signed a tenancy agreement for a furnished flat but when she moved in the flat had no furniture - the agreement clearly states that the flat should be furnished and is signed by the landlord's management company. The letting agency and the management company are equally useless and are blaming eachother for this error. The management company claim that the flat has never been furnished and that the landlord does not want to furnish it and claims that the lettings agency advertised it incorrectly. The lettings agency state that the management company have made an error and clearly signed that this flat was furnished. Neither of them is taking responsibility although they both acknowledge that my friend is blameless.
Neither the lettings agency or the management company are being of any assistance and keep fobbing her off - please what should she do and who should be taking responsibility for this? My friend has paid the full six months in advance and there is also a leak in one of the ceilings which the management company are being equally lazy and useless about fixing.
Your advice would be appreciated.
advice appreciated - furnished/unfurnished and inventory
i recently moved into a flat. the flat was advertised as unfurnished. i viewed it just after the previous tenant had moved out, so there were still a lot of items that had been left behind. there were also items of furniture, e.g. some wardrobes and a bed, that had been said to belong to the landlord, although they would be flexible about they possibility of me removing these at start of the tenancy.
on moving into the flat, it had not been cleaned since the last tenants vacated it. i had made the assumption that it would be cleaned, as most agencies would do this, however i realise that this was a bad assumption to make.
my problem is this. the kitchen was in the worst state in terms of cleanliness, for instance there were dishes in the cupboard that were dirty and greasy, the appliances (kettle toaster etc.) were also dirty and greasy, so i threw these items away assuming that they belonged to the previous tenants, since when i viewed the flat, the only items that were mentioned by the agent were items of furniture, and these items were all dirty and in a bad state of repair. i also never received an inventory until over a week after i had moved in.
the agent had told me at various points to dispose of items that i did not require, and score them off the inventory, or that i would be given a new inventory with only the items requested that i keep in the flat, and various other suggestions. so when the inventory came, i was surprised that the kitchen items were on it, even down to the unwashed dishes, cutlery etc. i scored them off, and subsequently received an angry letter with another inventory that had been partly updated, but still contained items that i apparently was not authorised to throw away.
if anyone has any advice as to where i stand or how to resolve this disagreement, it would be greatly appreciated, as obviously i want to stay on good terms with the agent, etc.
sorry for such a long post, hope someone can be of help. thanks in advance :)
what to provide for an unfurnished let?
I have previously let my properties out furnished and have decided to rent my latest property out unfurnished. Is there anything that I need to provide even though it is marketed as "unfurnished"
Furnished or unfurnished?
Is there much of a differential between the rent for a furnished letting versus that for an unfurnished letting?
Trying to let a flat which, apart from the carpets, curtains, and white goods in the kitchen, is unfurnished.
For several prospective tenants, the lack of furniture seemed to be a significant obstacle.
If we were to spend say £1500 putting in basic furniture, could we expect an enhanced rent level? If so, is there any rule of thumb to indicate the increase in rent?
Furnished versus unfurnished
I already let out an unfurnished 2 bed house through an local agent.
I have one bedroom flat in central London which my son lives in and he is moving out in November.
I am thinking of letting this furnished. Apart from fire regulations on the mattress and settee is there anything else I need to be aware of? I am right in thinking that you dont get that much more for letting furnished?
I do not intend to leave a TV but should I provide bedding, pots, pans, plates, toaster, iron, duvet etc?
The flat has a reasonable bathroom which I will tdy up before renting. It has a reasonable over the bath shower. In your opinion, do I need to take the bath out and replace with proper shower unit?
Finally, can anyone recommend a letting agent near Liverpool Street / Algate / City area.
Thanks very much in advance.:)
what does 'furnished' include?
My friend and I have recently been handed the keys to our new apartment, and only on closer inspection have discovered that the property does not have items such as a vacuum cleaner, cutlery or crockery, microwave and an iron&ironing board. These are all items that in previously let properties I have stayed in advertised as 'furnished' have been included. If they are not provided then i will have to buy them as for me these items are essential. What is the landlord required to provide by law? Any help appreciated!
Settee - buying from L A "contacts"
Thanks for this.
I will need to provide a settee and table and chairs. The two Lettings agents I have approached (who are coming on Weds to view / sign me up) say they have "contacts" and can probably get one for a few hundred pounds.
Has anyone experience of buying from a letting agents "contacts". They said dont buy expensive as furniture will need to be replaced every 3 years or so.
Thats fine, but would it be better for me to try and source myself or can the LA really get me a good deal? And if I buy myself from a cheaper store (ie leather settee for say £350) am I really wasting my money on something that wont last?
Essentials for un-furnished let?
I'm new to the letting market and am in the process of purchasing two properties, one with tenants already aboard and one with tenants to find.
Both will be let on the basis of unfurnished but my query is what essential items are still required to be supplied by me even as an unfurnished let? I am assuming that a cooker and fridge freezer are essentials, but have also read that it is good practice to supply things such as a vacuum cleaner, lawn mower etc to encourage the tenant to adequately maintain the property.
Are we withon our rights to negotiate an extra over on the monhly rent for a washer and dryer for example?
Thanks in advance.