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The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has recommended that Landlords and agents allow tenants to personalise, decorate and make improvements to their homes.
This is following a survey by online home improvement platform Plentific showing that:
- 73% of tenants have carried out their own DIY
- 23% of tennats have spent more than £500 on home improvements
The AIIC draw the conclusion that an increasing percentage of tenants are wanting and willing to spend time and money making their home their own and that landlords who allow this within reason could also benefit.
Chair of the AIIC, Patricia Barber, said “It’s clear that tenants are increasingly willing to spend their own money on improving their rental property and this is certainly something landlords should think about.
“We’re seeing more long term tenants and they’re clearly committed to living in a higher standard of property.
“Landlords who cautiously allow tenants to put their own stamp on a property could benefit from a lower turnover of tenants and an improved and well maintained property at the end of the contract.”
“If rental properties are noticeably changing over the course of a tenancy, it’s vitally important that there is an inventory which comprehensively details the condition and contents of the property at the start of the tenancy. This way any fair deposit deductions can be made by the landlord and the chances of a deposit dispute are minimised.”
There are several key considerations for Landlords here:
- Having the condition and inventory of the property well documented at the start of the tenancy and then documenting the requested and agreed improvements by the tenant in an effort to avoid later deposit disputes.
- How do you agree the standard and quality of any potential DIY work?
- What if the work agreed to causes damage such as electrical fire or burst water pipes?
- There is no accounting for taste and how easy will it be to re-let a property after personalisation?
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