10:39 AM, 27th July 2021, About 2 months ago 14
I have been letting residential properties for 14 years, but have encountered something for the first time. I have granted an AST to a single retired gentleman, and he has taken possession. He has always been an owner-occupier so he has been able to do as he likes in houses he has owned.
He wants to carry out some improvements – at his own expense – but I am a bit wary.
He has asked if he can replace all the carpets with laminate flooring, and he is keen to have a patio in the garden. We have to keep reminding him that it is a rented property. The existing carpets are not new, but they are in good condition and every few years I replace them room by room between tenancies if it is required.
On the face of it, a tenant willing to carry out improvements looks good, but I have concerns about the quality of workmanship and what happens at the end of the tenancy. The property is a bungalow and this will be my third retired tenant. Generally, their generation are ideal tenants.
He has indicated he wants to stay long term. However, I have not encountered a scenario of a tenant wanting to do improvements before, and I would welcome the views of readers, please.
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