Fridge Freezer required?

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10:34 AM, 3rd November 2015
About 3 years ago

Fridge Freezer required?

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Fridge Freezer required?

My letting agent is telling me that I need a fridge/freezer(small) in the propertyfridge
I have been a Housing Manager (social housing) and I have never heard of this.

Many thanks

Jane



Comments

Charles King - Barrister-At-Law

12:29 PM, 3rd November 2015
About 3 years ago

There is no legal obligation on you to include a fridge freezer in a letting!

safetylady silver

14:13 PM, 3rd November 2015
About 3 years ago

Is your agent trying to cater for a particular market where this might be 'usual expectation'? Would it be a deal-breaker?

It's certainly not a legal requirement, but it is variable as to what is provided in 'unfurnished' properties.
The one I'm in now has a washing machine, (rendering my own redundant until I move again!)
Whilst looking, I viewed one that had nothing, not even curtain rails.
If you provide, then it must be maintained.

Michael Barnes

14:16 PM, 3rd November 2015
About 3 years ago

Furnished letting: probably.
Unfurnished: no.

Claire Smith

16:56 PM, 3rd November 2015
About 3 years ago

No obligation and many tenants already have their own because of this. Also this is not an allowable tax expense unless it is integrated. I'd ask your agent why. Perhaps you could say that you will buy one if the specific potential tenant requires it?

Nick Pope

9:57 AM, 7th November 2015
About 3 years ago

I was asked a few years ago to provide a washing machine as a condition of a tenancy (single mum, 2 children but good references) so I did but strictly on the basis that if it went wrong after 2 year guarantee period it was her problem and I would not replace. It did and I didn't despite the tenant whingeing.

Badger

16:50 PM, 7th November 2015
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Claire Smith" at "03/11/2015 - 16:56":

"Also this is not an allowable tax expense unless it is integrated."

Could you elaborate a little on why you think this please as I was always under the impression that it would be allowable?

Claire Smith

17:59 PM, 7th November 2015
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Badger " at "07/11/2015 - 16:50":

White goods used to be allowable but this was a concession and stopped in 2013.
http://www.ion.icaew.com/TaxFaculty/post/Renewals-basis-for-unfurnished-rental-properties

Michael Barnes

20:11 PM, 12th December 2015
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Badger " at "07/11/2015 - 16:50":

It is not allowable even if integrated: it is an improvement, not a repair.
(I don't know if the cost can be offset against Capital Gains Tax when the property is sold - can anyone advise?)

Replacing an existing integrated appliance like-for-like is a repair to the property and is allowable.

From next tax year, replacing free-standing appliances (and other non-integral items such as carpets and curtains) will be alowable on a statutory basis (summer budget 2015)


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