The majority of landlords offer unfurnished properties because it is easier. Unless you are dealing in the social sector and your tenants are vulnerable people with nothing but the clothes on their back, it’s highly likely that any tenants you take on will turn up on moving-in day with a white van full of furniture. However, even in an unfurnished property, tenants do expect landlords to provide some items, so here is a quick guide to what needs to be included in a rental property.
The more you provide in a buy to let property, the more responsibility you have for maintaining it. You also open up the possibility of extra disputes over damage and theft, plus you have to factor in the cost of replacing the items within a few years. So if you decide to take the easy route and market your properties as ‘unfurnished’ what are your obligations and what will tenants expect to see when they move in?
A fridge/freezer is the absolute minimum you should supply, but consider adding a dishwasher and washing machine if you want to attract a more discerning tenant (it’s a good idea to take out a maintenance contract though).
Realistically you will find it tough to let out a property without some form of cooking facility because not many tenants would want the hassle of supplying their own cooker.
A sturdy bed frame should last for many years. It isn’t obligatory to provide a bed unless you are letting to students, but if you want to give a property extra appeal, a plain bedframe in the master bedroom is a good investment. Forget about the mattress, though, as these have a...
very short lifespan in rental properties.
Unless you want your tenants to start drilling new holes in the wall, it is sensible to provide a toilet roll holder, towel rail and bathroom mirror because tenants will need them.
Curtains and Blinds
You don’t have to fit curtains and blinds complete with fixtures and rails, but if you don’t, tenants will have a go at fitting them and you may end up with all kinds of bother. Stick to neutral colours and nobody will be too offended.
Managing the maintenance of fixtures and fittings can be a tiresome task, so use your landlord software to remind you when appliances need checking or replacing.
By Amer Siddiq
With Landlord Vision, our cloud based property management software for landlords, you can track all of the expenditure incurred when fitting out your property, and be reminded of when maintenance is needed. For more details, click here.©LandlordZONE® – legal content applies primarily to England and is not a definitive statement of the law; always seek professional advice. Legislation changes, so check dates on these articles. If you have questions go to the LandlordZONE® Forums