28 Mar

Landlords could benefit from tenant work

Landlords could benefit from tenant work

Landlords should consider allowing their tenants to personalise properties, according to a new report.

Research from the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) concludes that landlords should consider being open-minded when responding to requests from tenants to make improvements to their homes as they could benefit.

A recent survey found 73 per cent of tenants have carried out DIY tasks at their own expense and landlords could effectively be getting improvements for free.

“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,” said Patricia Barber, chair of the AIIC.

However, it is important that tenants and landlords are clear on the planned changes and the quality of the work.

“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,” added Ms Barber.

“Tenants must be up-front with their landlords about home improvements particularly if they are thinking about spending hundreds of pounds of their own money.”ADNFCR-1222-ID-801833999-ADNFCR

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