I don’t want the landlords furniture!

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8:04 AM, 19th May 2014
About 7 years ago

I don’t want the landlords furniture!

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I don’t want the landlords furniture!

I recently agreed to rent a flat and have just moved in. I don't want the landlords furniture!

The flat was advertised as part furnished but I explained to the landlord, before I agreed to take the flat, that I had my own furniture. He said that’s fine but he wouldn’t reduce the rent. I agreed to that on the basis that he would clear the property.

On move in day the furniture was still there so I explained to the lady from the letting agency what had been agreed. She contacted the landlord who said that if I didn’t want the furniture I must pay to have it removed and put into secure storage.

This isn’t what was agreed.

What can I do?

Thanks

Tracey


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John Gell

13:22 PM, 19th May 2014
About 7 years ago

If the verbal agreement with the landlord that he would remove the furniture wasn't confirmed in writing, then there may be very little you can do Tracy, other then trying to persuade the landlord to keep his word. What does the Tenancy Agreement state in relation to furnished/unfurnished?

Yvette Newbury

13:42 PM, 19th May 2014
About 7 years ago

Interestingly enough I am a landlady who had a similar issue with this. The agency I used to let my flat (let only) apparently promised the tenant that all our furniture would be removed, but did not tell us. The tenant arrived to sign the tenancy agreement with the agency and did so, but then refused to move in as the furniture was still there. The agency contacted us and told us that the tenant had only just requested this and we could either refuse and they would have to find a new tenant, or we could go ahead if we could get there to remove the furniture. My husband went to the property with a man with a van to remove the furniture, and on discussing with the tenant what happened, it was apparent that she had told the agency this from the outset as it was only a small studio, yet the agency were adamant they knew nothing about it until the day she was due to move in. By now, the tenant had altered the date on the tenancy agreement to the date that we removed the furniture, so we lost a few days rental too.

This was last year, and the tenant has been an excellent tenant ever since. We have no doubt that the agency had been made aware of the request for the landlords furniture to be removed from the outset. Needless to say, we are no longer using this agent!

I am posting this so that Tracey understands the landlord may not have known about this beforehand! Did Tracey speak directly to the landlord and receive verbal confirmation direct from him or via the agency? Did she get anything in writing or request this be inserted in the tenancy agreement? Was an inventory taken listing all his furniture? It is doubtful Tracey can do anything about this now if she cannot prove this was agreed from the outset and so if the furniture is to be removed the onus would be on Tracey to arrange and pay for it.

Don Holmes

17:15 PM, 19th May 2014
About 7 years ago

What is wrong with these people why cant they just play the game nicely????

Hi in the first place a verbal agreement can be taken as contractual, so the LL can be held to his word. Of course it will always be a case of who said what and when, so difficult to prove. In the second place and also quite inconvenient I guess, is the tenant can refuse to move in and hold any rent due, as they don't have the agreed use of the property .

What I preach in matters like this is "What will a judge think" Well in this case it seems to me that the tenants intentions were clear, so if you have time on your side, I think you will find you would have the law also.


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