Ensuring tenants take proper care of rented properties can be a real trial for landlords and in particular the kitchen seems to require more cleaning than other areas of the property. To help, Elfin Kitchens, has launched a new range of ‘How To’ guides on its new website and also holds a comprehensive range of replacement parts in their new Colchester warehouse should part of your kitchen be broken.
Ranging from topics such as proper cleaning to installing the combination microwave oven the guides aim to provide advice on every area of Elfin’s compact kitchens. While it might seem basic, such information can be of real use, both for tenants and landlords, especially as the kitchen is an area of heavy use.
There are many horror stories regarding damage to kitchens, issues over cleanliness and problems with appliances. As Elfin’s mini kitchens are predominantly powder coated steel and stainless steel users need to be careful of using abrasive sponges our scourers, which can damage the surface.
Elfin’s ‘How To’ guides also offer more technical information relating to installation, covering the electrics, water and waste. Such information, and the easy access to it has become increasingly important in the rental market for both landlords and tenants. Often instructions and users guides are lost, misplaced or destroyed and Elfin can replace these by simply sending a PDF instruction that the landlord can leave for the next tenant.
Without a doubt, the kitchen is considered to be one of the most important areas in any home, however its estimated that more than 40% of privately rented flats and houses in England are in a ‘non decent’ condition. Therefore the need to provide a modern, functional kitchen has never been so apparent.
According to The Department of Communities and Local Government ‘a kitchen must be no more than 20 years old and have reasonable space and layout’. Compact kitchen pods designed specifically for this need provide the ideal solution. Manufactured in a range of sizes, the space saver kitchens are as small as 900mm in length, a kitchen of this nature will provide the tenant with everything required to store, prepare and cook food without encroaching on valuable floor space. In order to meet the local authority requirements Elfin has a comprehensive range of ‘additions’ that help meet regulations in area’s such as dry storage and food preparation space. For the landlord, options such as this can also prove to be particularly cost effective, meaning properties can be updated easily with very little financial outlay.
Landlords conscious of cost will also be looking to select a mini kitchen solution that will last for many years to come, helping to further eradicate the long term costs normally involved. From a logistical perspective, a compact kitchen unit provides the ideal solution in terms of installation, due to the ease with which it can be moved on site. For the landlord, this point may be of particular note in properties where space is very limited. In order to help reduce energy bills all Elfin Kitchens are now fitted with an energy conscious A+ rated fridge and also have the option of timers on the hotplates to ensure they are switched off after a maximum of 30 minutes saving energy and preventing accidents.
Supplied to site in a pre-built format, compact kitchen pods offer a ‘plug and play’ solution to kitchen refurbishment meaning services can be easily connected to the mains supply and ready to use in a matter of minutes, as the new ‘How To’ guides from Elfin demonstrate.
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