Is this normal tenant behaviour placing laminate on top of carpet?

Is this normal tenant behaviour placing laminate on top of carpet?

13:21 PM, 18th July 2016, About 5 years ago 18

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I’m looking for advice on what other landlords would do. My tenants have asked me if they could put laminate floor down instead of carpet and I said no as carpet was only a few years old so they went over the top of carpet with laminate which does not look nice.laminate

They also complain a lot and costs me about £100 every 6 months. I feel slowly they are doing what they want with the house and I will have to replace it all.

If it costs me £500 to rectify once there gone I would be ok with that as it’s only 1 months rent. Is this normal as being part of a landlord ? or could I find better tenants ?

Many thanks

Craig



Comments

by H B

13:33 PM, 23rd July 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Old Mrs Landlord" at "18/07/2016 - 18:55":

Because I hate laminate, I would probably want to do the same. I doubt that a carpet on top of the laminate would do it any damage.

by H B

13:34 PM, 23rd July 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Old Mrs Landlord" at "18/07/2016 - 18:55":

Because I hate laminate, I would probably want to do the same. I doubt that a carpet on top of the laminate would do it any damage.

by Old Mrs Landlord

23:35 PM, 23rd July 2016, About 5 years ago

Thanks HB. Obviously laminate is a matter of taste, but it was put down for durability and ease of cleaning. On viewing a property with laminate flooring I'd expect a prospective tenant to rent somewhere else if it's not to his liking. My fear is the carpet may be fixed with double-sided tape and when it's removed the varnish or whatever surface treatment the laminate has will come away with it. If the carpet has impervious backing I suppose that could do even worse damage, even if loose-laid. This the latest in a list of unauthorised 'improvements' this tenant is making, such as painting over a wallpapered feature wall, so I am a bit cheesed off with him tbh.

by H B

1:04 AM, 24th July 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Old Mrs Landlord" at "23/07/2016 - 23:35":

Sounds like you have a bit of an odd tenant. A carpet should have an underlay which should hopefully keep the plastic clean.

by Colin McNulty

8:30 AM, 24th July 2016, About 5 years ago

I was about to say the same thing Gillian. £100 every 6 months is far less than typical for maintenance issues.

Craig, what do you care if the laminate floor "does not look nice"? You're not living there. Is this your old home by any chance?

There's also the chance that the laminate floor will actually reduce wear and tear on the carpet, and as long as they remove the laminate floor when they go if you don't want it (or you deduct from their deposit the cost of doing so if they don't), you may end up quids in as the carpet may not need replacing.

by Gillian Schifreen

13:15 PM, 24th July 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Colin McNulty" at "24/07/2016 - 08:30":

Yep, I wish I could maintain my own house for 200 quid a year!

by craig hill

13:20 PM, 24th July 2016, About 5 years ago

good point Gillian.i never thought about it like that.

by micky alderson

13:39 PM, 8th August 2016, About 5 years ago

When I " stage " a property I use Carpetright cheap as chips foam back it does what it says on the label it is also cheaper and better than laminate underlay, I bought a pallett of Lami which was end of stock and had slightly different shading from pack to pack , it went down well with me working from five packs in rotation , the tenants loved it!!!

MY HOUSE MY RULES!!!


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