Advice required on tenants request to change carpets

by Readers Question

15:24 PM, 2nd February 2013
About 8 years ago

Advice required on tenants request to change carpets

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Advice required on tenants request to change carpets

Advice required on tenants request to change carpets

Can you offer any advice to Roberta whose tenants have put in a request to change carpets? Roberta wrote in to say:-

“This is something that has just arisen – a new tenant moved in earlier this week when I was away for a few days so I haven’t met her yet.

I have used a letting agent to find the tenant and do the initial tenancy paperwork.

The tenant has texted me to ask if she can ‘change the carpets in the two bedrooms’.

I’ve no idea how long this tenant is likely to be there as the agreement is for the usual 6 months and thereafter on a rolling monthly basis.

I don’t know what I’d do with the carpets that would be taken out as they won’t go in the loft as it’s full of insulation. They aren’t new carpets but in reasonable condition. Do I just throw them out and tell her that any new carpets would belong to me when she leaves if I give permission?

And what happens if she puts down cream carpets that are beyond cleaning when she leaves? Can I take it out of the deposit, with the added complication that the inventory has already been compiled by the letting agent?

Your thoughts would be helpful as always!

Cheers

Roberta

(Roberta Goodall)”



Comments

Joe Bloggs

9:34 AM, 6th February 2013
About 7 years ago

roberta, im not asking for advice...you are. my advice is to communicate with your tenant to establish the circumstances. this can be done even when on holiday!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Alexander

14:30 PM, 8th February 2013
About 7 years ago

Joe, a polite request if I may. Before you press the “Post” button after having typed your comment please re-read it and ask yourself; “what is the positive and constrictive message I’m trying to communicate in this comment”.

Joe Bloggs

20:42 PM, 8th February 2013
About 7 years ago

hi mark
IMO this was a pretty stupid topic. obviously you want to fill your pages, but this was not 118's finest moment. not all responses have to be positive surely? what happened to honest opinion?

Mark Alexander

22:46 PM, 8th February 2013
About 7 years ago

Hi Joe, no readers question is a stupid topic. It's good ask what others think sometimes. If you dont want to help and be nice then I would rather you said nothing. Opinion is fine, disagree with people by all means but please keep your comments polite and constructive.

11:30 AM, 22nd February 2013
About 7 years ago

Doh . Pressed wrong button. Meant to say well done Roberta. Don't listen to "crabs "- Always trying to pull you down.

19:50 PM, 28th February 2013
About 7 years ago

For the record, I have a certain sympathy with Joe.
Different opinions are healthy and keep the read interesting. I don't think he was rude.
I get numerous requests to change carpets. It is a very positive sign that the tenants are settled.
If you are only talking about a couple of rooms then it is not a fortune.
I always say yes.

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